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Curt Jacob Stern (1902-1981)

By: Dasia Garcia | Published: Jun 23, 2017

Curt Jacob Stern studied radiation and chromosomes in humans and fruit flies in the United States during the twentieth century. He researched the…

ChromosomesHeredityMitosisDrosophilaDrosophila melanogaster

Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

By: Ellen M. DuPont | Published: Jul 22, 2008

Henry Havelock Ellis was born on 2 February 1859 at Croydon in Surrey, England, to Susannah Wheatley Ellis and Edward Peppen Ellis, a sea captain. A…


The Passing of the Great Race; or The Racial Basis of European History (1916), by Madison Grant

By: Aliya R. Hoff | Published: Jul 12, 2021

In 1916, eugenicist Madison Grant published the book The Passing of the Great Race; or The Racial Basis of European History, hereafter The Passing of…

LiteratureEugenicsNuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949Involuntary sterilization--Law and legislationInterracial marriage--United States

Our Bodies, Ourselves (1973), by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective

By: Maggie Pingolt | Published: Jun 21, 2013

Our Bodies, Ourselves, a succession to a pamphlet of resources pulled from co-ops of women in and around Boston, Massachusetts was published in New…

LiteratureReproductionPregnancyEmbryosWomen's health services--United States

Barack Obama Executive Order 13505, November 2008

By: Aroob Khokhar | Published: Jun 17, 2010

On 20 November 2009 Democrat Barack Obama replaced Republican George W. Bush as president of the United States. Obama soon initiated changes to Bush'…

LawStem Cells

Leon Richard Kass (1939- )

By: Samuel Philbrick | Published: Nov 17, 2010

A PhD and medical doctor turned ethicist, Leon Kass calls himself an unlicensed humanist. Throughout his unique career he has sought to impact others…


Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966)

By: Claudia Nunez-Eddy, Malladi Lakshmeeramya | Published: Oct 13, 2016

Margaret Higgins Sanger advocated for birth control in the United States and Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.…

Planned Parenthood Federation of AmericaBirth ControlContraceptionReproductive RightsArizona

US Regulatory Response to Thalidomide (1950-2000)

By: Chanapa Tantibanchachai | Published: Apr 01, 2014

Thalidomide, a drug capable of causing fetal abnormalities (teratogen), has caused greater than ten thousand birth defects worldwide since its…

ContextThalidomideThalidomide--Side effectsTeratogenicity testingMultiple Myeloma

The Malthusian League (1877–1927)

By: Claudia Nunez-Eddy | Published: Apr 27, 2017

The Malthusian League, founded in London, England, in 1877 promoted the use of contraception to limit family size. Activists Charles Bradlaugh and…

OrganizationEugenicsContraceptionBirth ControlReproductive Rights

Henry Herbert Goddard (1866–1957)

By: James Walter Dennert | Published: May 06, 2021

Henry Herbert Goddard was a psychologist who conducted research on intelligence and mental deficiency at the Vineland Training School for Feeble-…

Intellectual DisabilityMental DeficiencyEugenicsEugenics--United States--HistoryHeredity

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