This collection pertains to Shockley's
embrace of and advocacy for eugenics, including his work on heredity, I.Q., and race. It
includes papers and articles by Shockley, including several presented to the National
Academy of Sciences; two issues of the PHI DELTA KAPPAN containing a debate between Shockley
and N. L. Gage (Stanford professor of education) on heredity, environment, race, and I.Q.,
1972; and clippings on Shockley's views as well as reactions to them, particularly in the
academic world. Some of the clippings concern the controversy at Stanford when Shockley's
proposed graduate class on dysgenics (1972) was not approved.
William Shockley was a Professor of engineering at Stanford (1958-1975; emeritus
1975-1989). He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, 1956. While working at
Stanford, Shockley embraced and advocated for eugenics.
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