Patrick Bateson

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Sir Paul Patrick Gordon Bateson, FRS (born 31 March 1938) is an English biologist and science writer. Bateson is emeritus professor of ethology at Cambridge University and president of the Zoological Society of London since 2004.

Bateson's grandfather's cousin was the geneticist William Bateson, and his daughter is Melissa Bateson, also a professor of ethology, at Newcastle University. Patrick Bateson received his BA degree in zoology and Ph.D. degree in animal behaviour from Cambridge University. Previous academic positions include a Harkness Fellowship at Stanford University[1] and ten years as head of the Cambridge sub-department of Animal Behaviour. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1983. He retired as the biological secretary to the Royal Society after five years and Provost of King's College, Cambridge after fifteen years in 2003. He retired from his Cambridge Chair in 2005. He was made a knight bachelor in 2003. He received an Honorary Doctorate from St Andrew's University and an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary College, London.

Bateson has written many books and articles on ethology, animal welfare, behavioral development and evolution, gives public lectures and broadcasts.

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Preceded by
Bernard Williams
Provost of King's College, Cambridge
1987-2003
Succeeded by
Judith Mayhew