|Born||Walter Fred Bodmer
January 10, 1936 
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge (BA, PhD)|
|Thesis||The study of population genetics and gene effects, with special reference to Primula vulgaris and the house mouse (1959)|
|Academic advisors||Ronald Fisher|
|Doctoral students||Marcus Feldman|
|Spouse||Julia Bodmer (m. 1956)|
In 1961 Bodmer joined Joshua Lederberg's laboratory in the Genetics Department of Stanford University, continuing his research on population genetics, using the computing facilities that Stanford could offer. In 1962 Walter Bodmer was appointed to the faculty at Stanford. He left Stanford University in 1970 to become the first Professor of Genetics at the University of Oxford .
Bodmer developed models for population genetics and worked on the human leukocyte antigen system and the use of somatic cell hybrids for human linkage studies. In 1985 he chaired a Royal Society committee which wrote The Bodmer Report; this has been credited with starting the movement for the public understanding of science.
Bodmer was one of the first to suggest the idea of the Human Genome Project. In 1987 he received the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine. He was the director of research (1979–1991) and then Director General (1991–1996) of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. He was also Chancellor of the University of Salford, England (1995–2005; succeeded by Sir Martin Harris) and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1996–2005; succeeded by Dr. John Landers).
In 2005, Bodmer was appointed to lead a £2.3 million project (roughly 4.5 million USD) by the Wellcome Trust at University of Oxford to examine the genetic makeup of the United Kingdom - the People of the British Isles project. He was joined by Oxford Professor Peter Donnelly (a population genetics and statistics expert) and the Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow Lon Cardon. Bodmer said "Our aim is to characterise the genetic make-up of the British population and relate this to the historical and archaeological evidence." The researchers presented some of their findings to the public via the Channel 4 television series "Faces of Britain." On 14 April 2007, Channel 4 in Britain aired a program that highlighted the study’s then-current findings. The project took DNA samples from hundreds of volunteers throughout Britain, seeking tell-tale fragments of DNA that would reveal the biological traces of successive waves of colonisers — Celts, Saxons, Vikings, etc. — in various parts of Britain. The findings showed that the Viking invasion of Britain was predominantly from Danish Vikings while the Orkney Islands were settled by Norwegian Vikings.
He is currently Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. Research interests of the laboratory include the fundamental genetics and biology of colorectal cancer.
Honours and awards
- 1974 Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974 
- 1980 William Allan Award
- 1986 Knighted
- 1987 Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine.
- 1988 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) from the University of Bath.
- 1994 Michael Faraday Prize
- 2013 Royal Medal from the Royal Society
- 1984 delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on The Message of the Genes.
His nomination for election to the Royal Society reads:
|“||Distinguished for his theoretical and experimental contributions to genetics. His analyses of population genetics models, especially human, his contribution to the understanding of bacterial transformation, to the understanding of the HL-A system, and to the use of somatic cell hybrids for human linkage studies are outstanding. Few scientists have contributed distinguished work in such a range of fields, and involving such a range of experience of techniques, mathematical and experimental, and such a range of organisms.||”|
Bodmer's father was Jewish so the family were obliged to leave Germany in 1938 and settled in Manchester. In 1956 Bodmer married Julia Bodmer (born Julia Pilkington; 31 July 1934 – 29 January 2001), a British geneticist. They had three children.
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- Leslie, S; Winney, B; Hellenthal, G; Davison, D; Boumertit, A; Day, T; Hutnik, K; Royrvik, E. C.; Cunliffe, B; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2; International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium; Lawson, D. J.; Falush, D; Freeman, C; Pirinen, M; Myers, S; Robinson, M; Donnelly, P; Bodmer, W (2015). "The fine-scale genetic structure of the British population". Nature 519 (7543): 309–14. doi:10.1038/nature14230. PMID 25788095.
- Rodrigues, N. R.; Rowan, A; Smith, M. E.; Kerr, I. B.; Bodmer, W. F.; Gannon, J. V.; Lane, D. P. (1990). "P53 mutations in colorectal cancer". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 87 (19): 7555–9. PMC 54786. PMID 1699228.
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- Hemminki, A.; Markie, D.; Tomlinson, I.; Avizienyte, E.; Roth, S.; Loukola, A.; Bignell, G.; Warren, W.; Aminoff, M.; Höglund, P.; Järvinen, H.; Kristo, P.; Pelin, K.; Ridanpää, M.; Salovaara, R.; Toro, T.; Bodmer, W.; Olschwang, S.; Olsen, A. S.; Stratton, M. R.; de la Chapelle, A.; Aaltonen, L. A. (1998). "A serine/threonine kinase gene defective in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.". Nature 391 (6663): 184. doi:10.1038/34432. PMID 9428765.
- Bodmer, W; Bonilla, C (2008). "Common and rare variants in multifactorial susceptibility to common diseases". Nature Genetics 40 (6): 695–701. doi:10.1038/ng.f.136. PMC 2527050. PMID 18509313.
- "Early Computers at Stanford". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2014-08-13.
- Conversation with Walter Bodmer, San Francisco, 4 Dec.2010
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- "HUGO presidents". Archived from the original on 2015-04-08.
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- "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- Channel 4s "Faces of Britain"
- Colorectal cancer research at the IMM
- Catalogue of the archive of Sir Walter Bodmer and Lady Julia Bodmer held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
- Portraits of Statisticians
- Radio National Australia interview with Sir Walter
The Duchess of York
|Chancellor of the University of Salford
Sir Martin Harris
|Principal of Hertford College, Oxford