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Other Pupils of the Technique

Michael McCallion

David Alexander (1943–2010), US magician, publisher, author and editor. He ran Centerline Press which published US editions of F. M. Alexander’s books as well as the periodical, The Alexander Review. Life David Alexander (no relation to F. M. Alexander) was for forty years a professional stage, close-up and pickpocket magician, performing internationally in several languages, working on cruise ships, nightclubs, television, theatres and private parties. In the 1970s he became a private investigator. In 1983, David started his own publishing company, Centerline Press,...
Edward Maisel (1917–2008), US journalist and author, and editor of The Resurrection of the Body (1969). Life Edward Maisel graduated from Harvard University. He became a New York based journalist and author. Maisel’s article, ‘Should veterans have legs?’ (1945), influenced the US Senate to conduct an investigation into the health needs of veterans. Maisel went on to serve as Director of Research at the International Centre of the Disabled, as Director of the American Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as Director of Ka Lima O Maui (a sheltered workshop...
Geoffrey Curtis CR (1902–1981), Anglican priest and pupil of the Alexander Technique. Life The Revd Geoffrey William Seymour Curtis CR was educated at Charterhouse School (1915–20) and University College, Oxford (BA, 1923), before training for ordination at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1925 for the parish of Saint Mary the Virgin, Bury, and was ordained priest in 1926 by Bishop (later Archbishop) William Temple (who was at one time a pupil of F. M. Alexander). After Bury, he had a series of short appointments, including Vice-Principal,...
Michael McCallion (1938–2004), UK voice teacher whose work was influenced by the Alexander Technique. Life Michael McCallion graduated from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, in 1960. He taught at the Webber-Douglas Academy, the East 15 Acting School, at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1968–1980 where he taught voice as well as directing, as well as at other London drama schools, and with Major theatre companies worldwide. He was married to Anna McCallion who trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and Michael’s work was informed by the...
Nikolaas ‘Niko’ Tinbergen (1907–1988) was a Dutch biologist, ornithologist, Nobel Prize winner, and pupil of the Alexander Technique. Life Tinbergen studied biology at Leiden University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1932. During World War II he was a prisoner of war. After the war he moved to England, where he taught at the University of Oxford (1949–74). Here he helped to organise its research department of animal behaviour. With Konrad Lorenz and Karl von Frisch, Tinbergen is credited with being one of the founders of modern ethology. Their emphasis was on...
Norwood Edward Coaker (1892–1980) South African lawyer and pupil of Irene Tasker. Life Norwood Coaker obtained an MA in languages (the University of South Africa), a mixed degree of the University of South Africa (the University of the Cape) and amongst his subjects he studied mathematics and botany; he then obtained a Transvaal Second Class Teacher’s Certificate, and taught for six years in Secondary Schools in South Africa, before he became a barrister (LLB of the University of South Africa, and a King’s Counsel).[1] He was married to Vera Louise Coaker (neé...
Thomas Dennison Hall (1890–1963), South African agriculturalist, and a pupil of Irene Tasker. Life He obtained his degrees in agriculture at Illinois University (B.Sc.) and at Cornell University (M.Sc.). He worked for public institutions and private companies in South Africa on agricultural issues. During his time at African Explosives and Chemical Industries Ltd., he and his team made several discoveries, among them were important contributions to research into the fertilizing of veld and pastures. He was an active member of the South African Association for the Advancement of...