Bateson, William


1861–1926 British biologist and champion of Mendel's ideasin the English‐speaking world, who postulated a nongenic ‘residue’ involved in speciation.

Keywords: origin of species; mendel; Darwin; natural selection; biometricians

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William Bateson (1861–1926).


Further Reading

Bateson W and Saunders ER (1902) Experiments undertaken by W. Bateson, FRS and Miss ER Saunders. Reports to the Evolution Committee of the Royal Society 1: 1–160.

Bateson W (1909) Mendel's Principles of Heredity. Cambridge: University Press.

Bateson W (1914) Problems of Genetics. Yale: Yale University Press.

Bateson B (1929) William Bateson, FRS, Naturalist. Cambridge: University Press.

Coleman W (1970) Bateson and chromosomes: conservative thought in science. Centaurus 15: 228–314.

Forsdyke DR (1999) Two levels of information in DNA: relationship of Romanes’ ‘intrinsic’ variability of the reproductive system, and Bateson's ‘residue’ to the species‐dependent component of the base composition, (C+G)%. Journal of Theoretical Biology 201: 47–61.

Forsdyke DR (2000) Haldane's rule: hybrid sterility affects the heterogametic sex first because sexual differentiation is on the path to species differentiation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 204: 443–452.

Forsdyke DR (2001) The Origin of Species, Revisited. Montreal: McGill‐Queen's University Press.

Naveira HF and Maside XR (1998) The genetics of hybrid male sterility in Drosophila. In: Howard DJ and Berlocher SH (eds) Endless Forms: Species and Speciation, pp. 330–338. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Olby R (1988) The dimensions of scientific controversy: the biometic‐Mendelian debate. British Journal of the History of Science 22: 299–320.

Forsdyke DR. William Bateson [∼forsdyke/bateson1.htm] [Full text of some Bateson papers].

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Forsdyke, Donald R(Oct 2001) Bateson, William. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002359]