Ian Stevenson

Year of birth : 1918
Place of birth : Montreal
Parents : Ian and Ruth Stevenson
Education : University of St Andrews, Scotland


" Reincarnation, atleast as I conceive it, does not nullify what we know about evolution and genetics. It suggests, however, that there may be two

streams of evolution -- the biological one and a personal one -- and that during terrestrial lives these streams may interact. "

“ My idea of God is that He is evolving. I don’t believe in the watchmaker

 God, the original creator who built the watch and then lets it tick. I believe   in a “self-maker God” who is evolving and experimenting; so are we as parts of Him." 

" I do not believe that genetics alone and genetics combined with environmental influences can explain all the peculiarities and abnormalities of human personality that we psychiatrists see..I think reincarnation offers a better explanation for some unusual behaviour that occurs very early in the life and often persists through the life. "

Books by the Master

" Children Who Remember Previous Lives " ... " Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect " ... " Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vol. 1 " ... " Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation " ... " Telepathic Impressions " ... " Unlearned Language " ... " Xenoglossy: A Review and Report of a Case " ... " Riding from the Heart: If Wishes Were Horses " ... " European Cases of the Reincarnation Type " ... " The Diagnostic Interview " ... " The Psychiatric Examination " ... " Reincarnation and Biology [2 volumes] "


Professor Ian Stevenson was the world's foremost scientific authority on the study of reincarnation. He was the founder and director of the Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia and has co-founded the Society for Scientific Exploration.

Born in Canada in 1918, Stevenson has devoted more than half of his life to investigating reports from individuals of past-life memories – and has continued to do so, at a pace that would make someone half his age weary. Stevenson studied medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, transferring to McGill University in Montreal after the outbreak of World War II. His studies in medicine and biochemistry led to an interest in psychosomatic illnesses (although his mother should also be credited, as Stevenson once said "my mother had believed strongly in the influence of thoughts on psychical well-being, and I may owe to her my initial interest"). It was largely this research which prompted Stevenson to abandon his reductionist philosophy, and it showed him the degree to which modern science has unnecessarily ignored ancient knowledge.

Dr. Stevenson authored around 300 papers and 14 books on the subject of reincarnation. In 1960, he published an essay in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, reporting his observations on the history of research into reincarnation. His 1966 book, "Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation," became a classic in the annals of reincarnation research. In 1997 he published his major classic: the 2,268-page, two-volume book, "Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects," which focused mostly on deformities and other anomalies children are born with which cannot be traced back to inheritance, prenatal or perinatal (created during birth) occurrences. This monumental classic contains hundreds of pictures presenting the evidence he discovered. It documents 200 cases of children having memories and birthmarks which corresponded with the lives and wounds of deceased people whom these children recalled as having lived in a past-life. He travelled extensively over a period of 40 years, investigating 3,000 cases of children around the world who recalled having past lives. In 2003, Dr. Stevenson published his second book on reincarnation, "European Cases of the Reincarnation Type".

Many people, including skeptics and scholars, agree that the cases presented by Dr. Stevenson offer the best evidence yet for reincarnation.