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A Life of Sir Francis Galton: From African Exploration to the Birth of Eugenics

Biography / Memoir

By: Nicholas Wright Gillham

416 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 2002 | #157928 | ISBN: 0195143655
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Few scientists have made lasting contributions to as many fields as Francis Galton. He was an important African explorer, travel writer, and geographer. He was the meteorologist who discovered the anticyclone, a pioneer in using fingerprints to identify individuals, the inventor of regression and correlation analysis in statistics, and the founder of the eugenics movement. Now, Nicholas Gillham paints an engaging portrait of this Victorian polymath.

A splendidly readable and informative guide to Galton's life, works and impact ... the accounts of Galton's investigations of heredity and their reception make the book so useful and so absorbing ... succeeds remarkably well at communicating the shape and content of Galton's work on the physiology and populational dynamics of inheritance ... it will be the biography for a long time to come. Heredity

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