The Repository for Germinal Choice
(originally known as the Hermann J. Muller
Repository for Germinal Choice) was a sperm bank
that existed in Escondido, California
from 1980 to 1999. The repository is commonly believed to have accepted only donations from Nobel Prize
laureates, although in fact it accepted donations from non-Nobelists, also. The first baby conceived from the project was a girl born on April 19, 1982. Founded by Robert Klark Graham
, the repository was dubbed the "Nobel prize sperm bank" by media reports at the time. The only contributor who became known publicly was William Shockley
, Nobel laureate in physics.
Robert Graham managed the bank until his death in February 1997 and the responsibilities were passed to Floyd Kimble
, a businessman from Ohio
who had shown interest in the bank. At the time of Graham's death, the bank claimed to have produced 229 children, none of them from sperm donated from Graham's initial focus, Nobel Prize winners. When Kimble died in 1998
the combined relatives of both men decided to close down the bank. All sperm samples were destroyed; it remains unclear what happened to the Repository's records.
Although most news articles of the time made much of the Repository's "Nobel sperm" standards, in fact the Repository is only known to have stocked the sperm of... Read More