Publications produced by the Francis Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics (GLNE)

By | November 18, 2021
Eugenics Laboratory Lecture Series title plate

The Francis Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics (GLNE) began in 1907 at University of London, University College, under the directorship of Professor Karl Pearson (1857-1936). Pearson’s intent was the creation of an independent research centre to shift eugenics away from a topic of anecdote and towards a quantitative and rigorous science capable of producing strong policy advice built upon rigorous research. (Farrall discusses the creation of GLNE.)

Under Pearson’s direction, GLNE and its sister group, the Biometric Laboratory, produced five series of research publications directly engaged with eugenics.

  interval numbers or parts
Eugenics Laboratory Lecture Series 1909-27 14
Eugenics Laboratory Memoirs 1907-66 42 (18 unique)
Treasury of Human Inheritance 1909-58 24
Questions of the Day and of the Fray 1910-23 12
Studies in National Deterioration
(Series C from the Biometric Laboratory)
1906-24 11

In addition, Pearson founded two academic research journals. Annals of Eugenics launched in 1925. Biometrika included eugenics research and analysis, though this was not the journal’s main focus for authors other than Pearson. After Pearson stepped down as editor of Biometrika, the journal focused largely on statistical theory.

Comprehensive list of publications

For a comprehensive list of publications associated with the Eugenics Laboratory, see:

  • Cain, Joe. 2021. Publications produced by the Francis Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics. The Library 22(4): 523-48. (open access) (Available December 2021)