1922 Encyclopædia Britannica/Bateson, William

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BATESON, WILLIAM (1861–), British biologist, was born at Whitby Aug. 8 1861, the son of the Rev. W. A. Bateson, some time master of St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was educated at Rugby and St. John’s College, Cambridge, and became famous for his biological investigations, which included important researches on Mendelism and the determination of sex. In 1894 he published Materials for the Study of Variation. In 1907 he gave the Silliman lecture at Yale University, from 1908 to 1909 was professor of biology at Cambridge, and in 1910 was appointed director of the John Innes Horticultural Institution at Merton Park, Surrey. From 1912 to 1914 he was Fullerian professor of physiology at the Royal Institution, and in 1914 was president of the British Association. He received the Darwin medal of the Royal Society, of which he was a fellow, in 1904. His other works include Mendel’s Principles of Heredity (1902) and Problems of Genetics (1913), besides many short studies on biological subjects.