R. D. Swisher

Robert D. Swisher, Ph.D., was a research chemist and in the 1930s and 1940s an SF fan and member of the Stranger Club in Boston.

With his wife Frances, kept index cards on SF stories, authors, fanzines, and prozines. The result of this indexing was his SF Checklist, a listing of the titles of early fanzines.

Swisher also wrote scientific articles for prozines, including “Plan for a Universe” and “What Are Positrons?” in Astounding.

He is remembered today primarily for the Swisher Index, an early fanzine index, and his extensive correspondence with Astounding editor John W. Campbell, Jr.

He was also one of the charter members of the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) in 1941.