Letters, Jan. 12, 1953

The Kinsey Retort

Sir:

In your Dec. 15 Personality sketch of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, you say: "Kinsey traveled 80,000 miles collecting gall wasps, and he measured, catalogued and preserved 3,500,000 specimens to demonstrate their individual variations." Assuming that it would require at least ten minutes to catch, make 28 measurements, and catalogue a single gall wasp, I calculate it would require Dr. Kinsey approximately 13½ years to complete the job on the basis of a 12-hour day. This allows no days off, no time for lunch, and no time to salve the stings (assuming...