Wednesday, June 15, 2011


William Bateson (Robin Hood's Bay, August 8, 1861 – February 8, 1926) was a English geneticist, a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He was the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity and biological inheritance, and the chief populariser of the ideas of Gregor Mendel following their rediscovery in 1900 by Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns.Bateson was the son of William Henry Bateson, Master of St John's College, Cambridge. He was educated at Rugby School and at St John's College in Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1883 with a first in natural sciences.[1] Taking up embryology, he went to the United States to investigate the development of `Balanoglossus' an informal name for the worm-like enteropneust hemichordate Saccoglossus kowalevskii Agassiz, 1873 which led to his interest in vertebrate origins. In 1883-4 he worked in the laboratory of W. K. Brooks, at the Chesapeake Zoölogical Laboratory in Hampton VA, U.S.A.[2] Turning from morphology to study evolution and its methods, he returned to England and became a Fellow of St John's. Studying variation and heredity, he travelled in western Central Asia.(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)

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