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Glenn D. Wilson, PhD Biography

Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

Co-author of book Born Gay, which states that the genes involved in sexual orientation produce receptors in the brain which absorb male hormones released by the developing baby’s testicles. It is thought that in gay men these receptors are less sensitive or are blocked. The absence of testosterone results in the brain developing certain female characteristics, including attraction to men.


Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Personality/Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, 1994-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1992-present
  • Associate Chief Editor, Personality and Individual Differences, 1997-present
  • Visiting Professor, Sierra Nevada College, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • Visiting Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, 1984-1996, 2002
  • Visiting Professor, San Francisco State University, 1981
  • 1980-1997 – Book Review Editor, Personality and Individual Differences
  • Visiting Professor, Stanford University, 1980
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 1975-1979
  • Visiting Professor, California State University, Los Angeles, Summers of 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975
  • Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1970-1980
  • Research Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1967-1969
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1966-1967
  • PhD, Psychology, University of London, 1970
  • MA, Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1966
  • BA, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1964
  • Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Married with two children. New Zealand citizen, U.K. resident since 1967
  • 10th Most Frequently Cited British psychology, J.P. Rushton, Personality and Individual Differences, 2001
  • King’s College website states: “Main interests: Personality and individual differences (measurement and theory); interpersonal relationships and sexual behaviour (attraction, deviation, male-female differences, evolutionary theories); psychology applied to performing arts.”
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