UCL may rename buildings honouring Sir Francis Galton, known as the father of eugenics

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UCL could rename buildings honouring the father of eugenics Victorian scientist Sir Francis Galton in a bid to 'decolonise' the university.

Galton, who coined the phrase 'nature versus nurture', left his personal collection to the university when he died in 1911 and also funded the UK's first chair of eugenics at the institution.

Students - Staff - Scientist - Name - Lecture

However, students and staff have demanded the Victorian scientist have his name removed from the lecture theatre and laboratory named after him.

UCL is said to have a 'deeply troubling' history of eugenics research and just earlier this year it was found conferences in eugenics were still being run in secret on campus.

Controversy - University - Investigation - Links - Area

Following this latest controversy, the university has launched an investigation into its shady historical links with this controversial area of study.

It is being led by Dr Iyiola Solanke who is professor of discrimination and EU law at the University of Leeds.

Scientists - Galton - Thinkers - Time - Nazis

Other scientists have argued that Galton was one of the greatest thinkers of all time and linking him with the Nazis is 'an horrific sentimentalist slur.'

It follows similar case in Oxford surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes, a racist mining magnate and the founder of Rhodesia, at the university's Oriel building.

Atrocities - Nazi - Germany - System - Traits

Before the atrocities of Nazi Germany, eugenics - the system of measuring human traits, seeking out the desirable ones and cutting out the undesirable ones - was once practised the world over.

In the decades following the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species', a veritable craze for eugenics spread through Britain, the United States and Europe.

Eugenics - Education - Society - Britain - Campaign

In 1907, the Eugenics Education Society was founded in Britain to campaign for sterilisation and marriage restrictions for the weak to prevent the degeneration of Britain's population.

A year later, Sir James Crichton-Brown, giving evidence before the 1908 Royal Commission on the Care and Control of the Feeble-Minded, recommended...
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