Edwin Grant Conklin (1863-1952)

"... the principal problem of evolution is not how modifications are produced in adults, but how they arise in the germ." (1905)

American cytologist. Politically conservative, Conklin came out strongly in favor of eugenics in 1915, joined the Galton Society in 1918, and worked behind the scenes against Boas. Conklin did eventually abandon eugenics by the end of the 1920's, but only after other biologists like Castle, Pearl, and Conklin's good friend Morgan had already done so.


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