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


Title:
Letter from John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center to Francis Crick
Creator:
Fogarty International Center
Edsall, John T.
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
5 March 1971
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."
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 22. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/14
Rights:
Public Domain
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Continental Population Groups and Intelligence
Format:
Text
Extent:
4 pages
Relation:
Letter from Francis Crick to John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center, 1971
Letter from Francis Crick to John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center, 1971
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBNL
NLM ID:
101584582X195
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976