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Cesare Lombroso

Birthdate: 6. November 1835
Date of death: 19. October 1909

Cesare Lombroso , was an Italian criminologist and physician, founder of the Italian School of Positivist Criminology, often referred to as the father of criminology. Lombroso rejected the established classical school, which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature. Instead, using concepts drawn from physiognomy, degeneration theory, psychiatry and Social Darwinism, Lombroso's theory of anthropological criminology essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical defects, which confirmed a criminal as savage or atavistic. These theories do not have widespread support by scientists in Western countries.

„Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.“

—  Cesare Lombroso

As quoted in Born under Saturn: the character and conduct of artists : a documented history from antiquity to the French Revolution (1963) by Margot Wittkower.

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