Nearly 25 years ago, American millionaire Robert Klark Graham hatched a daring plan. By collecting sperm from Nobel laureates in science and distributing it to intelligent women, he wanted to breed an entire generation of geniuses. Unfortunately for Graham, the scheme made him a pariah, eliciting accusations of racism and elitism.
Robert Klark Graham made millions with shatterproof lenses for eyeglasses and contact lenses. This unprecedented attempt at controlling reproduction was quickly shunned by the broader public, but it helped to change the business of sperm donation in ways that continue to raise questions. According to
Launched to instant infamy, it turned out to have actually struck a major chord among women seeking sperm, who were generally treated extremely shabbily by the medical establishment which when doing as it pleased, casually chose donors largely a. Launched to instant infamy, it turned out to have actually struck a major chord among women seeking sperm, who were generally treated extremely shabbily by the medical establishment which when doing as it pleased, casually chose donors largely at random and denied the women any kind of choice or information about the donor Plotz notes the first recorded case of artificial insemination involved abruptly chloroforming the woman and using a random medical student. The online series includes some of their personal reactions to their experience, beliefs about the harm, some of them being reconnected with each other, descriptions of their current circumstances etc.
Robert Klark Graham made millions with shatterproof lenses for eyeglasses and contact lenses. This unprecedented attempt at controlling reproduction was quickly shunned by the broader public, but it helped to change the business of sperm donation in ways that continue to raise questions. Ironic, considering that Graham himself walked away with a Ig Nobel for the repository.
Plotz's daddy-love is significant. This is a book about spunk, jism, the white stuff - and how in the past century or so artificial insemination has moved from being a whispered about dark art to becoming a multi-million dollar business. It's an account of how a disciple of eugenics called Robert Graham, a millionaire optometrist who invented shatter-proof plastic lenses for spectacles, founded a sperm bank inthe aim of which was to seed the wombs of American women with "genius babies".
David Plotz has written a superb book about the quest for genius, and, ultimately, family. Plotz has it all. David Plotz gives us the science, the business, the ambitions, and most especially the people: from founders to donors to mothers and children.
In our era of rampant parental ambition, the cockeyed vision of Robert Graham, a California millionaire who sought to create cadres of baby geniuses, seems less bizarre than it probably did inwhen Graham's Repository for Germinal Choice, better known as the Nobel Prize sperm bank, opened its doors. Plotz, who was only 10 at the time, recalls his father's appalled reaction to the notion of using brainiac sperm to spawn wunderkinder: He tried to explain it was "the sort of thing Hitler would have tried. This is one of two inquiries that Plotz, the deputy editor at Slate, explores in his first book.
According to one scientist, he got his idea from the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank that was designed to collect the sperm of Nobel Prize winners in order to fill the world with their genius offspring. Wait — what? It was founded by the multimillionaire optometrist and inventor Robert Graham, an admirer of eugenics who believed the human race was getting progressively dumber and that the only way to stop it was by filling the world with the genetic descendants of Nobel Prize winners.
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The repository is commonly believed to have accepted only donations from recipients of the Nobel Prizealthough in fact it accepted donations from non-Nobelists, also. Founded by Robert Klark Grahamthe repository was dubbed the "Nobel prize sperm bank" by media reports at the time. Robert Graham managed the bank until his death in February and the responsibilities were passed to Floyd Kimblea businessman from Ohio who had shown interest in the bank.