Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
English men of science: their nature and nurture
Person:
Galton, Francis
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit26698/45/
34 ENGLISH MEN OF SCIENCE. [chap. 
birth of the scientific men, the ages of their 
fathers average 36 years, and those of their 
mothers 30. The details are shown in the table 
below :— 
No. of 
Cases. 
Age of Parents at birth of Scientific Men. 
Total 
Cases, 
Under 
20 
20- 
25- 
30- 
35- 
40- 
45- 
50 and 
above. 
Fathers 
Mothers 
0 
2 
l 
20 
15 
26 
34 
34 
22 
12 
17 
5 
7 
1 
4 
100 
100 
Putting these facts together, viz.—(1) that 
elder sons appear nearly twice as often as younger 
sons ; (2) that, as regards intermediate children, 
the elder and younger halves of the family contri¬ 
bute equally ; and (3) that only sons are as common 
as eldest sons, we must conclude that the age 
of the parents, -within the limits with which we 
chiefly have to deal, has little influence on the 
nature of the child ; secondly, that the elder sons 
have, on the whole, decided advantages of nur¬ 
ture over the younger sons. They are more 
likely to become possessed of independent means, 
and therefore able to follow the pursuits that 
have most attraction to their tastes ; they are
        

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