The word itself was coined in 1883 by Francis Galton, a polymath who invented fingerprinting. His cousin was Charles Darwin and, fascinated by evolution, he thought the advancement of medical care, meaning longer lifespans, was muddying the gene pool. Following his investigations, he developed the theory of eugenics. It was hailed as a brilliant discovery. Since then, the practice of eugenics has grown in this country under the radar.