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Havelock Ellis was born eighty years ago, on Feb. 2, 1859, in Surrey, England, the son of a British seaman, and the last of a long line of English clergymen, mariners and merchants. Though Ellis is known for the wide range of his culture and interests, for his distinction as critic and writer, for his rare personal charm and for his broad humanity, he will perhaps be best and longest remembered for the work to which at an early age he had dedicated his life and energy—that of bringing human sex psychology within the scope of science. His seven monumental volumes of "Studies in the Psychology of Sex" have probably served more than any other single work to bring sex out of the atmosphere of ignorance and prudery into the clear light of science, and will always remain an incomparable critical digest of the scientific knowledge of the subject up
Dewey J, Meyer A, Russell B, et al. HAVELOCK ELLIS: AN APPRECIATION. Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(4):804. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270160160014
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