The Pioneer Fund

TitleThe Pioneer Fund
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Date Published04/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsSCIENCE , scientific integrity
AbstractA number of academic researchers studying the relationship between race and intelligence have accepted support from the Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund was established in 1937 by Wickliffe Draper, a textile magnate who was sympathetic to Nazi Germany and later advocated repatriating American Blacks back to Africa. The first President of the Fund, Harry Lauglin, was the leader of a movement to bar "genetically inferior" immigrants and an early admirer of the eugenics policies of Nazi Germany. TheFund's current President denies any Nazi or white supremacist connections, but the fund has never changed its 1937 charter which calls for "racebetterment." The researcher who accept support from the Pioneer Fund say that because of the controversial character of their research government agencies and major philanthropic foundations will not support them. Should a scientific researcher accept funding from the Pioneer Fund. If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase study from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1995.
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