UCL launches inquiry into historical links with eugenics

Staff and students want UCL to remove name of ‘father of eugenics’ Francis Galton from university buildings

University College London has launched an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics, following pressure from students and staff.

It emerged in January that conferences on eugenics and intelligence had been run secretly at the university for at least three years by James Thompson, an honorary senior lecturer at UCL. Speakers included white supremacists and a researcher who has previously advocated child rape.

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