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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