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The troubling legacy of Francis Galton
30.04.2021 Robert Langkjær‐Bain
Biology
Francis Galton

Sir Francis Galton may have died over a century ago, but for staff and students in the statistics department of University College London (UCL), his memory is ever present.

The Victorian polymath endowed the university with his personal collection and archive, and funded the creation of the Galton Chair of Genetics (formerly the Galton Chair of Eugenics).

Students of statistics at UCL cannot avoid him: they spend a lot of their time in the Galton Lecture Theatre. But that may be about to change as Galton's legacy comes back into the spotlight.

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