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Alfred Charles Kinsey                                                                 
born: 23-06-1894                                                                     
birth place: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA                                                 
died: 25-08-1956                                                                     
Dr. Kinsey conducted the first mass scientific survey of human sexual behaviour.     
Kinsey's reputation as a scrupulous and disinterested scientist made sex, still       
a taboo topic in 1948, acceptable to read about, and successive printings of the     
book sold out. Some religious critics thought the book was immoral, but Kinsey       
and his readers didn't seem to care.                                                 
Working for a science doctorate at Harvard, Kinsey lectured in biology and           
zoology from 1916 to 1920. He moved to Indiana University, as a specialist in         
plant and insects, becoming a full professor of zoology in 1929, and the world       
authority on the gall wasp.                                                           
Sex studies started to interest Kinsey, when he taught a sex education course to     
Indiana undergraduates. He was shocked by the paucity of scientific literature       
and the enormity of misinformation spread by doctors and ministers.                   
Kinsey’s open support for contraception caused him to be dismissed as a sex         
education lecturer, but his curiosity was inflamed. In 1942, with Rockerfeller       
Foundation and National Research Council funds, the zoologist set up the             
Institute for Sex Research.                                                           
'Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male' (1948) concluded that homosexual acts were       
much more common than had been supposed, that the average man attained the peak       
of virility at about 16 or 17, and steadily declined thereafter, and that men         
who began sex activity early held their power longer.                                 
By the time the sequel, 'Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female', was published in     
1953, politics had changed. America was scared of Communists subverting the           
moral norms of the US and Kinsey was suspected (wrongly) of being linked to the       
Reds by the Reece Committee. His funding to study perversions was withdrawn and       
he died two years later of a heart attack.