Author: Francis Galton

Title: 'Hereditary Talent and Character', Macmillian's Magazine, (June and August 1865)

Keywords: Race

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Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) was an English social scientist, an outspoken hereditarian and selectionist and the founder of biometrics. Galton coined the term ‘eugenics’, and conducted extensive statistical studies of heredity in humans, including the first major study of twins. He was also a staunch supporter of natural selection and an ambassador for the cause, in face of continuing opposition and critique of ‘Darwinism’ throughout the final decades of the nineteenth century. In Hereditary Talent and Character, one of Galton’s key publications, he listed 330 eminent men of science and literature, many of whom were related, concluding that eminence itself was hereditary.

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