This bibliography brings together secondary material about Lodge. It’s a work in progress, so if you know of anything we should add then please get in touch.

  • Aitken, Hugh, Syntony and Spark (New York: WIley, 1976)
  • Arapostathis, Stathis, and Graeme Gooday, Patently Contestable: Inventor Identities and Electrical Technologies on Trial in Britain (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013).
  • Arapostathis, Stathis, and Graeme Gooday, ‘Electrical Technoscience and Physics in Transition, 1880–1920’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 44 (2013), 202–11.
  • Besterman, Theodore, A Bibliography of Sir Oliver Lodge FRS (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1933
  • Buchwald, Jed Z., The Creation of Scientific Effects: Heinrich Hertz and Electric Waves (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).
  • Bullock, Shawn Michael, ‘The Pedagogical Implications of Maxwellian Electromagnetic Models: A Case Study from Victorian-Era Physics’, Endeavour, 2014. Available at
  • Enns, Anthony, ‘Psychic Radio: Sound Technologies, Ether Bodies, and Vibrations of the Soul’, The Senses and Society, 3 (2008): 137–15.
  • Forgan, Sophie, ‘“But Indifferently Lodged…” Perception and Place in Building for Science in Victorian London’, in Making Space for Science: Territorial Themes in the Shaping of Knowledge, edited by Crosbie Smith and Jon Agar (London: Macmillan, 1998), pp. 195-215.
  • Garratt, G.R.M., The Early History of Radio from Faraday to Marconi (London: Institute of Engineering and Technology, 1994).
  • Gooday, Graeme, ‘“Vague and Artificial”: The Historically Elusive Distinction between Pure and Applied Science’, Isis, 103 (2012): 546-554.
  • Hong, Sungook, Wireless: From Marconi’s Black-Box to the Audion (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2001).
  • Hunt, Bruce J., The Maxwellians (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991).
  • Ives, Eric, Diane K. Drummond, and Leonard Schwarz, The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 (Birmingham: University of Birmingham Press, 2000).
  • Jolly, W.P., Oliver Lodge (London: Constable, 1974).
  • Johnson, George, Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond: Grappling with Ghosts (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015).
  • Clarke, Imogen, and James Mussell, ‘Conservative Attitudes to Old-Established Organs: Oliver Lodge and Philosophical Magazine’, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (2015). Available at
  • Noakes, Richard, ‘The Historiography of Psychical Research: Lessons from Histories of the Sciences’, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 72 (2008): 65-85.
  • Oppenheim, Janet, The Other World: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in England 1850–1914 (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985).
  • Raia, Courtenay Green, ‘From Ether Theory to Ether Theology: Oliver Lodge and the Physics of Immortality’, Journal for the History of the Behavioural Sciences, 43 (2007): 18-43.
  • Root, John D., ‘Science, Religion, and Psychical Research: The Monistic Thought of Sir Oliver Lodge’, Harvard Theological Review, 71 (1978):245-263.
  • Rowlands, Peter, Oliver Lodge and the Liverpool Physical Society (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1990).
  • Rowlands, Peter, and J. Patrick Wilson, eds, Oliver Lodge and the Invention of Radio (Liverpool University Press, 1994).
  • Weightmann, Gavin, Signor Marconi’s Magic Box (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2004).
  • Wilson, David B., ‘The Thought of Late Victorian Physicists: Oliver Lodge’s Ethereal Body’, Victorian Studies 15 (1971/72): 29–48.

One thought on “Bibliography

  1. Sir Oliver Lodge, his work at all levels has interested me since my student days reading physics at Exeter University where, as a mature student with no formal scientific background it was his works on the basics of electricy that explained those principles better than my lecturers did.

    Many years later, whilst running my small but successful business I came across his works in relation to his psychical research, not having known about this earlier it surprised and overjoyed me to see where his logic train took him. My own experiences and personal study integrates well with Sir Olivr Lodges findings. I do hope your society an make room for this part of his work too.

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