Eugenics Society


Eugenics in Britain was seen as a solution to the problem of pauperism. It was a political, rather than a scientific movement: it did not, however, achieve its aim of legalizing sterilization for the feebleminded.

Keywords: Eugenics; differential fertility; pedigrees; Mendelism; sterilization

Further Reading

Gillham NW (2001) A Life of Sir Francis Galton. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mazumdar PMH (1992) Eugenics, Human Genetics and Human Failings: The Eugenics Society, its Sources and its Critics in Britain. London: Routledge.

Peel RA (ed.) (1998) Essays in the History of Eugenics. London: Galton Institute.

Searle GR (1976) Eugenics and Politics in Britain 1900–1914. Leyden, The Netherlands: Noordhoff.

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Mazumdar, Pauline MH(Sep 2006) Eugenics Society. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005611]