Alfred Kinsey

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Born23 June 1894
Died25 August 1956 (Age 62)

Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University (in 1947), now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s.

His work has influenced social and cultural values in the United States as well as internationally.

Kinsey Reports

Kinsey obtained research funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which enabled him to further study human sexual behavior.[1] He published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948, and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953, both of which reached the top of the bestseller lists and turned Kinsey into a celebrity. These publications later became known as the Kinsey Reports. Articles about him appeared in magazines such as Time, Life, Look, and McCall's. The Kinsey Reports, which led to a storm of controversy, are regarded by many as a precursor to the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.

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  1. Jones, James H. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life WW Norton New York, New York pages 441–445