Sir Francis Galton
Person Male Born 16/2/1822 Died 17/1/1911
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.