These days it’s very rare that any reputable scientist, mathematician or researcher would admit that they believe in ghosts and paranormal activities. But, in early days when people are not technically strong , many respective and popular inventors or scientists believed in ghosts.
Thomas Alva Edison
One of the world’s most prolific and successful inventors, Thomas Edison had some curious beliefs, one of which was that he could use technology to communicate with ghosts. In 1920 he confided to a journalist from American Magazine that he had a ‘spirit phone’ in the works. The phone would allow people to talk to the dead. Years later, when no phone appeared, he said it had all been a joke.
Marie Curie & Pierre Curie
Nobel Prize winning scientists Marie Curie & Pierre Curie attended seances(a meeting of spiritualists), some of which were presided over by the Italian medium Eusapia Palladino. They witnessed her apparently levitating tables and communicating with the dead. Seasoned investigators later revealed that Eusapia Palladino was a talented fraudster who used trickery to achieve her effects. At one point in their careers, the Curies speculated about a possible spiritual source for the energy released by radioactive elements.
William Crookes discovered and named the chemical element thallium. He also attended seances and investigated mediums, concluding that they actually did communicate with the dead. He is pictured in 1874 with what he believed to be a ghost known by the name of Katie King. Katie King would appear at seances under the direction of the teenage medium Florence Cook. And Katie was not just an ethereal presence. Crookes satisfied his scientific curiosity by touching her, taking a cutting of her hair, and measuring her pulse.
Oliver Lodge and Heinrich Hertz
Lodge was a member of the Ghost Club, which investigated hauntings. He was also president of the Society for Psychical Research, which investigated the paranormal. In 1890 Lodge and Heinrich Hertz got together to discuss their radio discoveries. Hertz revealed to Lodge that he too was interested in the paranormal, an interest that had arisen from his own personal experiences. Lodge believed his son Raymond, killed in 1915 in World War 1, had communicated with him at seances.