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Alfred Kinsey, PhD Biography

Founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“It must be shown that the fluctuations in preferences for female or male partners are related to fluctuations in the hormones, the genes, or the other biologic factors which are assumed to be operating. It must be shown that there is a definite correlation between the degree in which the biologic factor operates, and the degree of the heterosexual-homosexual balance in the history of each individual.”

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, 1948

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Citing Kinsey, the American Law Institute published its model penal code abolishing laws against consensual adult homosexual sex, 1955
  • Kinsey and the Rockefeller Foundation became the target of the Reece Committee, founded by the House of Representatives to investigate nonprofit organizations for possible connections with the Communist Party. The Rockefeller Foundation thus canceled Kinsey’s grant, 1954
  • Incorporated the The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, 1947
  • Received $1,600 grant from National Research Council’s Committee for Research in Problems of Sex to support his research; principal funder is the Rockefeller Foundation, 1941
  • Started marriage course at Indiana University and surveying students on their sexual history, 1938
  • Delivered academic paper on sex, titled “Biological Aspects of Some Social Problems, 1935”
  • Assistant Professor of Entomology, Indiana University, 1920-1938
  • PhD, Entomology, The Bussey Institute, Harvard University Graduate School of Applied Biology, 1919
  • BS, Biology, Bowdoin College, 1916
  • Dead on August 25, 1956
  • Featured on cover of Time magazine, 1953
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  1. How Does the Kinsey Scale Relate to Sexual Orientation?