Time Line: A Brief History of the Donor Dad

An examination of key moments in sperm donor history, from Genghis Khan's alleged virility to the virgin who fathered 14 children.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

1227
Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan, the ultimate "known donor," dies. He may have left behind thousands of offspring; geneticists speculate that millions of people today could possess his genes.

1884
Philadelphia professor William Pancoast inseminates a Quaker woman whose husband is sterile, using the sperm of one of his best-looking medical students.

1954
The Supreme Court of Cook County, Illinois, holds that children born via donor insemination are not legitimate.

Left: Portrait of Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan.



Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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