Psychology 409 Term Paper: Alfred C. Kinsey Alfred C. KinseyLife, Contributions, and Influences ByTyler VogtPsychology 409Spring, 2014
Psychology 409 Term Paper: Alfred C. Kinsey Personal LifeAlfred Charles Kinsey was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on June 23 1894. He was the eldest of three children. His mother did not obtain a formal education and his father was a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. His parents were devout Christians who participated in the Methodist religion. The economic status ofthe Kinsey family was very much poor. This played a serious role in Kinsey’s childhood, as he did not receive proper medical care for his diseases of rickets, typhoid fever, and rheumatic fever. This would bring great distress to his body and weakened his heart greatly. During his infliction of rickets, this led to an abnormalityin his spine that would later disqualify him from being drafted in the late 1910’s for World War I (Gathorne-Hardy, 1998, p. 10). At a young age Kinsey was fascinated with nature and being outdoors. He participated with YMCA by camping and working apart of the organization. He also took part in Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout in 1913. This would influence his love of botany and biology. After finishing hisdoctoral work at Harvard University he married Clara McMillen in 1921. Clara also had formal education from Indiana University in areas of biology, zoology, and entomology. Alfred and Clara had four children and remained married until Kinsey’s death on August 25, 1956. He died at the age of 62 from complications of heart failure and phenomena in Bloomington, Indiana (Gathorne-Hardy, 1998, p. 438).Education
Psychology 409 Term Paper: Alfred C. Kinsey Alfred Kinsey attended Columbia High School and honed on his love of academic work. He was known for his ability to focus on tasks for long periods of time. This made his own personality very quiet and reserved but also helped progress him through college. Even though Kinsey had an interest in piano playing he decided to focus on his love of areas like biology, botany, and zoology. Kinsey stated that his school biology teacher, Natalie Roeth, heavily influenced him in this decision. When deciding where he should study his father demanded that Alfred study engineering and attend Steven Institute of Technology where he taught.