UCL Minds


Living with Eugenics

Listen to this new podcast about science and how we remember it at UCL. 

Most people associate the term “eugenics” with the Nazis and the horrors of the Holocaust. But the story of eugenics actually started in Britain, conceived of and developed by Francis Galton, probably the most important scientist that most people have never heard of. Galton’s laboratory was based at University College London (UCL), where he and his successors established eugenics as a respected scientific discipline. 
Now UCL are investigating its historical links with Galton and the role that it played in the development and promotion of eugenics. What legacy has this association left – and how should the university come to terms with this past? Subhadra Das, Science Curator from UCL Culture, pieces together this history, and tries to answer the question: What happens next?

Read the transcript here

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Living with Eugenics podcast can also be found in the UCL Minds playlist on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Acast.



We are very grateful to all our contributors who gave up their time and all their insights.

In order of appearance:

  • Professor Tom Fearn, Professor of Applied Statistics, UCL Department of Statistical Science
  • Professor Daniel Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, UCL Department of Psychology
  • Dr Adam Rutherford, Honorary Research Fellow, UCL Biosciences 
  • Dr Lucy van Dorp, Research Associate, UCL Genetics Institute
  • Dr Debbie Challis, Education and Outreach Officer, LSE Library
  • Amanda Moorghen, Education Researcher, UCL graduate in Social Policy and Social Research at UCL
  • Professor Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr Maria Kiladi, Research Fellow, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
  • Dr Georgina Brewis, Associate Professor in the History of Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • Hosted by Subhadra Das, Curator, UCL Science Collections, UCL Culture
  • Produced by Cerys Bradley, Comedian, Podcaster and UCL graduate