Who is Virginia E. Johnson?
Virginia E. Johnson is a pioneering sex researcher and sexologist known for her collaborative work with William H. Masters in measuring sexual arousal in people.
Field of Expertise & Activities
Johnson’s career is defined by her contribution and pioneering research regarding the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and dysfunctions related to the sex organs and sexual activities. She likewise headed research regarding the nature of the human sexual response.
Johnson worked at the Washington University in St. Louis. She was a research assistant at the university’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
There, she met William H. Masters and worked and trained in various scientific fields under his wing. Masters taught Johnson about research, medical terms, and therapy. Soon, the two collaborated to develop an instrument that would help measure human sexual arousal.
The pair opened the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation in 1964. It served as an independent and non-profit research institution.
Virginia E. Johnson (real name Mary Virginia Eshelman) was born on February 11, 1925 in Springfield, Missouri. She was married four times, the first two being both early marriages that ended quickly. In 1950, she married George Johnson and the two had two kids—a boy and a girl. They divorced in 1956, and in 1971, Johnson eventually married her research partner, William Masters. Their union as a married couple did not last long and they divorced in 1993.
Johnson died in July 24, 2013.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Apephilia is a type of fetish wherein the person gets sexually aroused when they are touched or when they think about touching another person.