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Sir Francis Galton

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Sir Francis Galton

Person  Male  Born 16/2/1822  Died 17/1/1911

Categories: Science, Exploring

Countries: Africa

Biostatistician, human geneticist and eugenicist. Born at The Larches, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. An enthusiastic traveller, particularly in Africa. Darwin's publication of 'The Origin of Species' caused him to become immersed in the study of heredity. He invented the term 'eugenics' (the science of creating superior offspring), and refined the system of identifying fingerprints. Knighted in 1909, he died at Grayshott House, Haslemere, Surrey.

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Sir Francis Galton

Sir Francis Galton, 1822-1911, explorer, statistician, founder of eugenics, l...

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