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The Galton Institute is a learned society based in the United Kingdom. Its aims are "to promote the public understanding of human heredity and to facilitate informed debate about the ethical issues raised by advances in reproductive technology".[1]

It was founded in 1907 as the Eugenics Education Society, with the aim of promoting the research and understanding of eugenics.[2] It became the Eugenics Society in 1926 (often referred to as the British Eugenics Society to distinguish it from others). From 1909–1968 it published The Eugenics Review. Membership reached its peak during the 1930s.[3]

The Society was based near Brockwell Park, Lambeth in London. It is currently based in Northfields, London, and changed its name to the Galton Institute in 1989.

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  1. ^ "Galton Institute Home Page". Galton Institute. Accessed 14 December 2010.
  2. ^ Mazumdar: M. H. (1992) Eugenics, Human Genetics and Human Failings: the Eugenic Society, its Sources and its Critics in Britain, London: Routledge
  3. ^ Brignell, Victoria (9 December 2010). "The eugenics movement Britain wants to forget". New Statesman. Retrieved 10 June 2018. Membership of the British Eugenics Society reached its peak during the 1930s.

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