The life of Alfred C. Kinsey

Sex researcher brings research project to IU amidst controversy, but remains an important part of university’s lasting legacy.



webkinsey

Famed sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey sits outside of his center, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Courtesy of IU and Courtesy of IU Buy Photos

Sex researcher brings research project to IU amidst controversy, but remains an important part of university’s lasting legacy.

1920

Alfred Kinsey first comes to IU to study gall wasps, a type of insect known to create ball-shaped “galls” on plants and trees, and continues this research for the first 20 years of his time at IU.

1938

Kinsey begins his research on sexual behavior after teaching a class on marriage and family, which taught senior and married students what married life was like. Kinsey, along with three other staff, interviewed more than 17,000 people from 1938-1956.

1947

The Institute for Sex Research is established at IU with support from University President Herman B Wells.

1948

Kinsey’s first volume, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” to come out of his research is released.

1953

His second volume, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, is released.

1956

Alfred Kinsey dies. His three staff members continue interviewing and research until the project closes in 1963 after interviewing more than 18,000 people.

1981

The Institute for Sex Research is renamed the Kinsey Institute.

2004

The 2004 film “Kinsey” is released. The film cast Liam Neeson as Kinsey and described the life of the researcher.

Want more Kinsey? More information about Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute can be found online at kinseyinstitute.org

Like what you're reading? Support independent, award-winning college journalism on this site. Donate here.

More



Comments powered by Disqus