Ernest Wood

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Ernest Wood
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Ernest and Hilda Wood

Ernest Wood was an English educator, writer, lecturer, and Sanskrit scholar who was active in the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, Chennai, India.

Personal life

Work as educator

Dr. Wood was very active in the Society for the Promotion of National Education that was established in 1916 by Annie Besant and others.

Theosophical Society involvement

Ernest Wood was highly in demand as a lecturer around the world. In 1924, he had the honor of presenting the Blavatsky Lecture on the topic "Personal Psychology and the Sub-conscious Mind".

Later years

In 1962, Dr. Wood helped to establish a Montessori school in Houston, Texas, the School of the Woods:

Some people understandably think the school was named for the sylvan setting of its campus. Its name, however, honors Ernest and Hilda Wood, who inspired and guided its founding along Montessori principles. Dr. Wood, a Sanskrit and Asian scholar, introduced the Montessori philosophy to the study group who were considering establishing a new nursery school. When the school opened, he was president of the first board of trustees.[1]

The school has been operating continuously since 1962, and now has classes from preschool through high school.

Ernest Wood died on September 17, 1965 at the age of 83.


Mr. Wood was a prolific writer, and authored many articles that were printed in at least 18 different Theosophical periodicals. The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 253 articles by or about Ernest Wood.

He also wrote numerous books, pamphlets, and courses on Theosophy, yoga, psychology, education, and other subjects.

Honors and awards

In 1924, Dr. Wood was awarded the Subba Row Medal for his contributions to Theosophical literature, and especially for writing Intention of the Will.

The School of the Woods in Houston, Texas is named after Ernest and Hilda Wood.


  1. "A Brief History of School of the Woods (Established 1962)", School of the Woods web page.