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Richet, Charles

(1850-1935). Eminent French scientist and theosophist. Richet was born in Paris on August 26, 1850. He joined La Sociéte Théosophique d’Orient et d’Occident in 1883 out of which, together with other similar groups, grew the French Section of the Theosophical Society (TS). Richet was a physiologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1913 for his work on anaphylaxis (hypersensitive reaction of the body to foreign proteins). He was appointed professor of physiology at the University of Paris in 1887. Richet had wide ranging interests being active in bacteriology, pathology, psychology, and aviation. He was an active member of the Society for Psychical Research and, among other things, hosted a series of sittings with the Italian medium Eusapia Paladino on an island he owned off the coast of France, which produced remarkable phenomena. He was also a poet, novelist and playwright.


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