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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 05:51 PM

Top University Split In Row Over Erasing Racist Science Pioneers From The Campus


University College London may rename buildings to cut links to promoters of eugenics

Robin McKie

Sat 13 Jul 2019 15.01 BST Last modified on Sat 13 Jul 2019 22.05 BST

They were some of Britain’s greatest scientific pioneers. Based at University College London, they developed the first fingerprinting methods, the use of statistics in health and genetics research, early birth-control science and many other key technologies of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

But now these trailblazers – who include Francis Galton and Marie Stopes – are under investigation. A committee of inquiry has been set up by UCL to probe their links with eugenic causes and to consider if buildings, lecture theatres and libraries named after them should be re-titled.“UCL has launched the inquiry to ensure that its historical links to eugenics are properly examined,” said a spokeswoman.

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Those being investigated along with Galton, who developed the first weather maps, studied the inheritance of abilities, and devised ways to classify fingerprints, and Stopes, who established Britain’s first birth-control clinics, are: distinguished archaeologist Flinders Petrie and Karl Pearson, who founded the world’s first university statistics department at UCL.

All of these researchers were committed eugenicists who believed there were superior races of humans who should be allowed to breed more freely than those from inferior races. Such views are considered deeply racist today and have led to calls for the removal of these scientists’ names from UCL buildings and rooms.

However, the idea has been attacked by Professor Steve Jones, former head of genetics at UCL. “Renaming the buildings and chairs named after UCL luminaries would be a remarkably bad idea,” he told the Observer. “It would lead to mockery in the press and criticism from geneticists, psychologists and statisticians across the world. The individuals we have honoured at UCL are commemorated not on political grounds but for discoveries that laid the foundations of several new sciences.”

But Joe Cain, professor of history and philosophy of biology at UCL, disagrees. He was among the first to campaign for Galton’s name to be removed from a lecture theatre. “Galton’s name has been inextricably linked with racist, misogynist and hierarchical ideologies,” he wrote to the university five years ago.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/13/ucl-inquiry-row-historical-racism-science-pioneers-rename-college-buildings

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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 06:55 PM

1. Lefty demands that history bow to his measure of perfection.

long dead great men will be erased from all knowledge because they did not meet SJW standards

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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 07:01 PM

2. The left gets more ridiculous every day.

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