About Galton’s survey

Galton sent his seven-page questionnaire to 190 leading ‘men of science’ (mainly elected fellows of the Royal Society) seeking information on four main areas: ‘their earliest antecedents, including hereditary influences’; the inborn quality of their mind and body’; the ‘causes that first induced them to pursue science’ and ‘the education they received’. Over one hundred scientists completed the survey, including Charles Darwin.

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