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Biographical Materials on Alfred Kinsey

Alfred Charles Kinsey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, June 23, 1894. He attended Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (1914-1916), graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology and psychology. He received his Sc.D. in biology from Harvard University in September 1919, and came to Indiana University as an assistant professor of zoology in August 1920. He established a solid academic reputation for his biology tests and his research in taxonomy and evolution. By 1937, American Men of Science listed him as one of their "starred" scientists. Then in 1938, Kinsey took over coordination of the new marriage course at Indiana University, and soon after began gathering case histories of sexual behavior. In 1940, President Wells gave Kinsey a choice: to continue either with the marriage course or with his sexuality research project. Kinsey chose to concentrate on his research. Kinsey and his staff collected over 18,000 interviews, and published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948 and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953. He died in 1956 at the age of 62.

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For more information on Alfred Kinsey see the following works:

Bancroft, John. "Alfred Kinsey's work 50 years later." New Introduction to Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred Kinsey, et al. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998. Download a pdf version
Bullough, Vern L. "Sex Will Never Be the Same: The Contributions of Alfred C. Kinsey." Archives of Sexual Behavior. 33(3): 277-286, 2004
Bullough, Vern L. "Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Report: Historical overview and lasting contributions." Journal of Sex Research, 35(2):127-131, 1998.
Christenson, Cornelia V. Kinsey: A Biography. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1971.
Drucker, Donna. Keying Desire: Alfred Kinsey’s Use of Punched-Card Machines for Sex Research," Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22 (January 2013), 105-25.
Drucker, Donna. Marking Sexuality from 0–6: The Kinsey Scale in Online Culture," Sexuality and Culture, 16 (September 2012), 241-62.
Drucker, Donna. 'A Most Interesting Chapter in the History of Science': Intellectual Responses to Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," History of Human Sciences 25 (February 2012), 75–98.
Drucker, Donna. Male Sexuality and Alfred Kinsey's 0–6 Scale: Toward 'A Sound Understanding of the Realities of Sex,'" Journal of Homosexuality 57 (no. 9, 2010), 1105–23.
Drucker, Donna. 'Building for a life-time of research': Letters of Alfred Kinsey and Ralph Voris," Indiana Magazine of History 106 (March 2010), 70–101.
Drucker, Donna. Beginning the Kinsey Reports: Glenn Ramsey's Sex Research in Peoria, 1938–1941," Journal of Illinois History 10 (Winter 2007), 271–88.
Drucker, Donna. 'A Noble Experiment': The Marriage Course at Indiana University, 1938–1940," Indiana Magazine of History 103 (September 2007), 231–64.
Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan. Sex, The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey. Indiana University Press, 2000.
Hegarty, Peter. Gentlemen's Disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)
Jones, James H. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.
Moke, Susan "Learning from the Past - Looking to the Future," Research and Creative Activity, September, 1997.
Nardi, Peter M., and Schneider, Beth E. (Eds.). "Kinsey: A 50th Anniversary Symposium." Sexualities, 1(1):83-106, February 1998. ( Contributors: Dennis Altman, John Bancroft, John Gagnon, Vickie M. Mays and Susan D. Cochran, Peter M. Nardi, June M. Reinisch, Gunter Schmidt, Michael Schofield, Judith Schuyf, and William Simon)
Pomeroy, Wardell. Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research. NY: Harper & Row, 1972.
Reinisch, June M. "Kinsey Institute." in The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Neuroscience, Third Edition. Vol. 2 W.E. Craighead & C.B. Nemeroff (Eds.), pp. 835- 838 John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2001
Reinisch, June M., and Harter, Margaret H. "Kinsey, Alfred C." In Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia, ed. by Vern L. and Bonnie Bullough, pp. 333-338. NY: Garland Publishing, 1994.
"Reputations: Alfred Kinsey." Produced and directed by Clare Beavan, BBC (London), 1996. [videocassette]
"Sex and the Scientist." Produced by Diane Ward, WTIU (Bloomington, IN), 1989. [videocassette - 90 minutes]
"Social Science in America's Bedroom: Alfred Kinsey Measures Sexual Behavior,"
The First Measured Century, PBS production. 2000 BJW Inc. In association with New River Media

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