Angus John Bateman

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Angus Bateman
Angus John Bateman

Died1996 (aged 76–77)
Known forBateman's principle[1]
Scientific career
ThesisAn investigation into various factors affecting crossing between varieties of crop plants (1946)

Angus John Bateman (1919–1996) was an English geneticist. He is most notable for his 1948 study[2] of sexual selection in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) which established Bateman's principle.

Bateman was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain during the Lysenko affair. He was an anti-Lysenkoist within the Party whilst writing in defense of Lysenko for non-Party audiences.[3]


Bateman received his B.Sc from King's College London in 1940, and later received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the same institution. In 1942 he moved to Cyril Darlington's Genetics Department at the John Innes Horticultural Institute in Merton Park.[4][5][6] Bateman was an acquaintance of Ronald Fisher and critically discussed the manuscript of his 1948 paper with him.[5]

Bateman later moved to the Paterson Institute in Manchester and worked on mutagenicity.[7]


  1. ^ Brown, Gillian R.; Laland, Kevin N.; Mulder, Monique Borgerhoff (2009). "Bateman's principles and human sex roles". Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 24 (6): 297–304. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2009.02.005. ISSN 0169-5347. PMC 3096780. PMID 19403194.
  2. ^ Bateman, Angus J. (1948). "Intra-Sexual Selection in Drosophila". Journal of Heredity. 2 (Pt. 3): 349–68. doi:10.1038/hdy.1948.21. PMID 18103134.
  3. ^ Paul, Diane (1983). "A War on Two Fronts: J. B. S. Haldane and the Response to Lysenkoism in Britain". Journal of the History of Biology. 16 (1): 1–37. doi:10.1007/BF00186674. JSTOR 4330841. PMID 11611245.
  4. ^ The Darwin-Bateman Paradigm in Historical Context
  5. ^ a b Milam, Erika Lorraine, 1974- (2010). Looking for a few good males : female choice in evolutionary biology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-9817-4. OCLC 607552555.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "1910s Timeline - John Innes Centre". Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  7. ^ Bateman, A. J. (1 January 1976). "The mutagenic action of urethane". Mutation Research/Reviews in Genetic Toxicology. 39 (1): 75–95. doi:10.1016/0165-1110(76)90013-0. ISSN 0165-1110. PMID 827702.