Ten fun facts about Francis Galton


Fact 1
Francis Galton was born on February 16, 1822 in Sparkbrook, England.

Fact 2
He studied to become a doctor but abandoned this idea and went on to study mathematics at Cambridge University 1810 but never graduated.

Fact 3
In the mid-1840s, Galton made his first trip to the Middle East and Africa. He made several trips to Africa and published “Tropical South Africa” in 1853.


Fact 4
Between 1850 and 1850 Galton spent his time working in a great number of fields. He pioneered the theory of anticyclones which are known today as high pressure areas.

Fact 5
He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1856.

Fact 6
Francis Galton was known for his pioneering research on human intelligences and his statistical concept of correlation studies in eugenics.

Fact 7
Galton wrote more than 340 papers and books. He was the inventor of scientific meteorology and was the first to develop the first weather map as well as the Galton Whistle for evaluation differential hearing ability.

Fact 8
In 1880 Francis Galton’s work in psychology lead him to synesthesia, a condition where stimulation of one sensory pathway triggers involuntary stimulation of a second.

Fact 9
Galton was awarded the Royal Medal in 1876 and the Copley Medal in 1910. He was knighted in 1909.

Fact 10
He died in January 1911 in Greyshott House, Surrey.


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Was an English explorer and anthropologist and often called the “father of eugenics”.



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