Charles Benedict Davenport

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Charles Benedict Davenport

“As a rising star in American biology, he persuaded the newly founded Carnegie Institution to underwrite a genetic institute for him at Cold Spring Harbor in 1904. The Station for Experimental Evolution (after 1918, Department of Genetics) became his home until his retirement three decades later. In addition, he established the Eugenics Record Office and the Eugenics Research Association, which became his empire on the Long Island shore. At the center of the American eugenics movement, both the office and the association exerted enormous influence over the content of human biology and science and their dissemination to the American public up to the 1930s.” [1]

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