Science: Fateful Bodies

Stocky, muscular college students are likely to succeed in engineering; portly young men with substandard muscles are better off in the law. These are conclusions of Frederick L. Stagg, Harvard research fellow in physical anthropology, who specializes in human bodies and their effects on their tenants.

Stagg studied the careers of 2,631 Harvard men of the classes of 1876-1912 whose body types had been recorded photographically during undergraduate physical training programs. He coded the information that he gathered and punched it on cards. Then he ran the cards through sorting machines to see how the career of each man compared with...

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