Alfred C. Kinsey

Kinsey, Alfred Charles

Alfred Charles Kinsey (kĬn´zē), 1894–1956, American biologist, b. Hoboken, N.J., grad. Bowdoin College (B.S., 1916), Harvard (D.Sc., 1920). He was associated with the Univ. of Indiana from 1920, becoming professor of zoology in 1929. His early work dealt with the life cycle, evolution, geographic distribution, and speciation of the gall wasp. He is most widely known for his later extensive studies of human sexual behavior. His program of research on this subject received financial support from the National Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Univ. of Indiana. Kinsey and his assistants interviewed many thousands of individuals in all parts of the country. Their findings met with considerable popular response when they were presented in Sexual Behavior of the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior of the Human Female (1953). Kinsey's program of studies continues at the Institute for Sex Research, Inc., Bloomington, Ind.

See biographies by J. Jones (1997) and J. Gathorne-Hardy (2000).

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Alfred C. Kinsey: Selected full-text books and articles

The Joy of Sexology: Does It Matter That Alfred Kinsey Enjoyed His Work More Than He Let On? By Larson, Christina The Washington Monthly, Vol. 36, No. 12, December 2004
Disorders of Desire: Sex and Gender in Modern American Sexology By Janice M. Irvine Temple University Press, 1990
Librarian's tip: Chap. One "Toward a 'Value-Free' Science of Sex: The Kinsey Reports"
Sexuality: New Perspectives By Zira DeFries; Richard C. Friedman; Ruth Corn Greenwood Press, 1985
Librarian's tip: "The Work of Alfred Kinsey and its Aftermath, 1940-1965" begins on p. 319
Human Sexuality By David A. Schulz Prentice Hall, 1984 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Alfred Kinsey begins on p. 52
Problems of the Family By Fowler V. Harper Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Librarian's tip: Discussion of the Kinsey Report begins on p. 67
Marriage Analysis: Foundations for Successful Family Life By Harold T. Christensen Ronald Press, 1950
Librarian's tip: Discussion of the Kinsey Report begins on p. 135
Gay Histories and Cultures By John Beynon; Douglas Eisner; George E. Haggerty Garland, 2000
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Alfred C. Kinsey begins on p. 516
The Other Kinsey Report By Tredici, Peter Del Natural History, Vol. 115, No. 6, July/August 2006
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