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William Masters

AKA William H. Masters

Born: 27-Dec-1915
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Died: 16-Feb-2001
Location of death: Tucson, AZ
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Educator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Human Sexual Response

Famous sexual researcher who, along with Virginia Johnson, paid men and women to masturbate and engage in sexual intercourse while they were equipped with surgical cameras, electrocardiographs, and electroencephalograms. Building on the work of Alfred Kinsey, Masters debunked many sexual myths of the day, including some instigated by Sigmund Freud. Public response to the work was so enthusiastic that Masters & Johnson released their results, Human Sexual Response, in both academic and general release publications. The work introduced the world to the four phases of sexual response: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

Father: Francis Wynne Masters
Mother: Estabrooks Taylor
Wife: Elizabeth Ellis Masters (div.)
Wife: Virginia Johnson (m. 1971, div. 1993)
Wife: Geraldine Baker Oliver Masters
Son: William H. Masters Jr.
Daughter: Sara Masters Paul
Brother: Dr. Francis Wynne Masters III

    High School: Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
    University: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1938)
    Medical School: MD, University of Rochester Medical School
    Teacher: Washington University Medical School

    St. Louis Walk of Fame

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