Norman Haire

Norman Haire, born Norman Zions (21 January 1892, Sydney – 11 September 1952, London) was an Australian medical practitioner and sexologist. He has been called "the most prominent sexologist in Britain" between the wars.[1]



After studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Zions took the name Haire and travelled to England. In 1920 he visited Berlin, meeting Magnus Hirschfeld. In London he became medical officer-in-charge of an early birth-control clinic, the Walworth Women's Welfare Centre.[1] By 1925 he had established an expensive private practice in Harley Street. He was secretary for the World League of Sexual Reform and organized its third congress in London in 1929.[2] Having popularised the Steinach rejuvenation operation throughout the 1920s, Haire performed it on W. B. Yeats in 1934.[3]

During the Second World War Haire returned to Australia, where his advocacy of contraception made him the focus of controversy.[4] He came back to London in 1946. In 1950, visiting the United States, he suffered a heart attack from which he never fully recovered.[1]

Haire's papers are held at the University of Sydney Library.[5]


  • (with Margaret Sanger) Hygienic methods of family limitation, London: The Malthusian League, [1922?]
  • (with Eden Paul) Rejuvenation: Steinach’s researches on the sex-glands. London: Athenaeum Press, 1923.
  • Rejuvenation: the work of Steinach, Voronoff, and others, London: G. Allen & Unwin Ltd. [1924]
  • Hymen, or the future of marriage, London: Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1927.
  • (tr. with E. S. Jerdan) Woman and love. Vol. 2, A treatise on the anatomy, physiology, psychology and sexual life of woman with an appendix on prostitution by Bernhard A. Bauer. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. Translated from the German Wie bist du, weib
  • (ed.) Some more medical views on birth control, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., [1928].
  • (ed.) Love-life in nature; the story of the evolution of love by Wilhelm Bölsche. Translated from the German by Cyril Brown. London: J. Cape, [1931]
  • Introduction to Man into woman: An authentic record of a change of sex; The true story of the miraculous transformation of the Danish painter Einar Wegener by Lili Elbe and Niels Hoyer, translated from the German by H. J. Stenningworth. New York: Dutton; London, Jarrold Publishers, 1933
  • Introduction to Anthony M. Ludovici, The Choice of a Mate, London: The international library of sexology and psychology, 1935
  • Introduction and notes to The ethics of sexual acts by René Guyon. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1934. (Translated from the French by J. C. Flugel and Ingeborg Flugel.)
  • (ed. with Alfrède Costler, pseud., & A. Willy, pseud.) Encyclopaedia of sexual knowledge, London: F. Aldor 1934.
  • Introduction to Sofie Lazarfield, Woman's Experience of the Male, London: Encyclopaedic Press, 1938
  • Australia's Population Problem, 1941
  • Sex Problems of Today, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1942
  • (as Wykeham Terriss) Sex Talks,, 1946


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