The Pioneer Fund

A Brief History of The Pioneer Fund

1937 - 2001

The Pioneer Fund was established in 1937 by Wickliffe Draper (1892-1971) and endowed for the support of research into human nature, heredity and eugenics.
In 1958, Harry Weyher became president of the Pioneer Fund, a position he retained until his death in 2002. During his years as president, Harry Weyher gave grants to a number of eminent scholars including William Shockley, Philip Vernon, Tony Vernon, Hans Eysenck, Thomas Bouchard, Philippe Rushton, Michael Levin, Daniel Vining, Linda Gottfredson, Richard Lynn and Garrett Hardin. An account of the work sponsored by the Pioneer Fund from 1937 to 2000 has been given by Richard Lynn in his book The Science of Human Diversity: A History of the Pioneer Fund. University of America Press, 2001.

2002 - 2011

Harry Weyher arranged that on his death Philippe Rushton would succeed him as president of the Pioneer Fund. Harry Weyher died in 2002 and Philippe Rushton served as president of the Pioneer Fund from that year until his death in 2012. During his years as president, Philippe Rushton gave grants to a further number of eminent scholars including Aurelio J. Figueredo, John Loehlin, John Horn, Steven Platek, Yoon-Mi Hur, Alexander Beaujean, Jeffrey Froehlich, Harrison Kane, Michael McDonald, Jelena Cvorovic, Tony Vernon, Linda Gottfredson, Richard Lynn and Donald Templer.

2012 to present

In August 2012 Philippe Rushton transferred half the assets of the Pioneer Fund to the Charles Darwin Research Institute, of which he was the president. At the same time he resigned as president of the Pioneer Fund and nominated Richard Lynn as his successor.
Philippe Rushton died on 2 October, 2012, and left the Charles Darwin Research Institute in the control of his son, Stephen Rushton, an associate professor of education at the University of South Florida.