Robert Klark Graham

Inventor, Author

1906 – 1997


Who was Robert Klark Graham?

Robert Klark Graham was an American eugenicist and businessman who made millions by developing shatter-proof plastic eyeglass lenses, and who later founded the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for geniuses, in the hope of implementing a eugenics program.

Graham created his "Nobel sperm bank" in 1980. Initially, his intent was to obtain sperm only from Nobel laureates, but the scarcity of donors and the low viability of their sperm forced Graham to develop a looser set of criteria.

These criteria were numerous and exacting: for example, sperm recipients were required to be married, and male donors were required to have extremely high IQs, though the bank later softened this policy so it could recruit athletes for donors as well as scholars.

By 1983, Graham's sperm bank was reputed to have 19 repeat genius donors, including William Bradford Shockley and two anonymous Nobel Prize winners in science.

The bank closed in 1999, two years after the death of its creator. 218 children had been born under its auspices.

Graham's overriding goal was the genetic betterment of human population as well as solid nurture of newly conceived geniuses.

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Jun 9, 1906
Harbor Springs
  • Michigan State University
Feb 13, 1997

on July 23, 2013


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