The Genius Sperm Bank was created in the late 1970s by Robert Klark Graham, an American millionaire optometrist. Officially named the Repository for Germinal Choice, its aim was to breed highly intelligent kids in order to save the world from genetic decline. Graham believed he could achieve this by getting clever men to donate sperm. .

Robert Graham had made his name by inventing the shatterproof spectacle lens. He was 'the man who made it safe to wear eye glasses'. But by the 1960s, aged nearly 60, he had lost interest in correcting mankind's eyesight. Instead he turned his attention to correcting mankind itself. .

'Retrograde humans' were, he felt, breeding unchecked, causing the evolutionary regression of mankind. He wanted to reverse this trend and bring thousands of geniuses into the world, geniuses fathered by the most brilliant minds. Single-handedly he dreamed of saving humanity, and he would do so using the sperm of clever men. .

In the late 1970s, with the help of expert sperm banker Steve Broder, Graham secretly set up his Repository for Germinal Choice. To be safe from prying eyes, he used an underground bunker in the backyard of his ranch in San Diego, California. .

He then set about sourcing the cleverest sperm and managed to convince three Nobel prize winners to donate. Booking rooms at a hotel, Graham would ask his elderly donors to provide an anonymous sample for his bank. .

It wasn't long before LA Times journalist Edwin Chen found out about the clandestine sperm bank. On 2 March 1980, he exposed the 73-year-old tycoon's controversial project to the world. Chen also discovered that Nobel Prize winner and notorious racist William Shockley was a donor to the bank. Accused of being a Nazi, Graham got slammed in the press. His other donors left him and his dream was all but destroyed. Yet still the women came flocking. .

Graham now needed a helping hand to keep his controversial experiment alive. He enlisted avid dog breeder Paul Smith to source new donors. Local artist Julianna McKillop was taken on to man the phones and help match-make recipients to the genius donors. .

All the donors were promised anonymity. They were always referred to by a colour code-name. Graham and Paul also came up with the unique concept of a donor catalogue, where donors' hobbies, skills and interests were listed alongside their detailed bodily attributes. Sperm banking had never seen the like, recipients could now actually choose a donor with characteristics they liked.

Film Duration: 48 min .