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


Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Fogarty International Center and Edsall, John T.
Date:
22 February 1971
Description:
Crick's letter referred to a letter sent by Edsall and six other scientists to the president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Philip Handler, on August 21, 1970, in which the signers set forth their "opinion that Dr. [William] Shockley's proposals [that the Academy sponsor research into hereditary factors in intelligence and educational achievement of different races] are based upon such simplistic notions of race, intelligence, and 'human quality' as to be unworthy of serious consideration by a body of scientists.". In the last paragraph of their letter, singled out by Crick, the signers stated that "[e]ach individual is genetically unique; there is not a single important trait for which there is not a wide overlap between different human populations. It is basically vicious to evaluate individuals on the basis of the group to which they belong.". Crick was elected a foreign associate of the Academy in 1969.
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:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Continental Population Groups and Intelligence
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Relation:
Letter from John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center to Francis Crick, 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:
SCBBNM
NLM ID:
101584582X196
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976