Category Archives: Other Publications

Francis Galton (A Rare Biography by Heinrich Driesmans)

Francis Galton has been the subject of several major biographies (Cowan 1984; Gillham 2001; Waller 2001), and much historical study. Karl Pearson asserted his own primacy as Galton’s disciple with his Life, Letters, and Labours of Francis Galton (Pearson 1914, 1924, 1930a, 1930b). Vague references to a Galton biography by “Coleridge” set me on the task of locating what… Read More »

Speeches Delivered at a Dinner in Honour of Karl Pearson, 1934

Karl Pearson retired in 1933, aged 76. To honour his career, colleagues and former students gathered for a dinner in April 1934. On this occasion, Professor LNG Filon, Vice-Chancellor of University of London, gave a tribute to Pearson. This was followed by recollections from several long-time colleagues and the presentation of various gifts. Pearson gave a “reply” to… Read More »

Origins and Growth of English Eugenics, 1865-1925 (Farrall)

Lyndsay Andrew Farrall’s PhD dissertation on “The Origins and Growth of the English Eugenics Movement, 1865-1925” (Indiana University) is an important source of information about the history of eugenics at University of London, University College. Farrall documented the creation of the Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics, examined its predecessors, and examined the Laboratory’s work from 1907 to the… Read More »