Letter from John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center to Francis Crick
Description:
In this letter Edsall detailed his position on the controversy within the National Academy of Sciences over statements by William Shockley, a Nobel Laureate in physics, that the lag in educational attainment among black Americans could be explained by inherited racial deficiencies in intelligence, as measured by IQ tests. Edsall and six other scientists had sent a letter to the president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Philip Handler, on August 21, 1970, in which they set forth their "opinion that Dr. Shockley's proposals [that the Academy sponsor research into hereditary racial factors in intelligence] are based upon such simplistic notions of race, intelligence, and 'human quality' as to be unworthy of serious consideration by a body of scientists.". Among other clarifications, Edsall drew a distinction between Shockley's stance and that of the educational psychologist Arthur Jensen, who drew similar conclusions but whom Edsall considered "thoughtful, careful, and scholarly."
Extent:
4 pages
Date Created:
5 March 1971
Creator:
Fogarty International Center and Edsall, John T. (John T. Edsall)
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Public Domain
Subject:
Continental Population Groups and Intelligence
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBNL
NLM ID:
101584582X195
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 22. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/14