Bill Hill (geneticist)
William George Hill
August 7, 1940
|Education||St Albans School|
|Alma mater||Wye College (BSc)|
University of California, Davis (MSc)
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
|Awards||2019 Mendel Medal from the Genetics Society|
|Institutions||University of Edinburgh|
|Thesis||Studies on artificial selection (1965)|
|Doctoral advisor||Alan Robertson|
|Doctoral students||Peter Keightley|
William George “Bill” Hill FRS FRSE OBE (born 7 August 1940) is an English geneticist and statistician. He is professor emeritus at University of Edinburgh since his retirement in 2002. 
Hill was educated at St Albans School, Hertfordshire and studied Agriculture at Wye College, University of London graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. He studied Genetics at the University of California, Davis graduating with a Master of Science degree in 1963, then moved to Edinburgh to pursue a PhD in population genetics with Alan Robertson. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree in 1976 for research on quantitative genetics.
Research and career
Hill distinguished for his theoretical contributions to the study of the population and quantitative genetics of finite populations, in particular with respect to multilocus problems. He was the first to present formulae for the expected association of linked genes in finite populations due to random sampling of gametes and for the estimation of these associations from genotype frequencies. He has made major contributions to the analysis of quantitative variation in random breeding populations, both in the design and interpretation of selection experiments and in the analysis of similarity between relatives. He has applied these concepts in his own selection experiments in the laboratory and in farm animal improvement programmes.
Awards and honours
- HILL, Prof. William George. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2017 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)
- Hill, William George (1965). Studies on artificial selection. ethos.bl.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/14074.
- Keightley, Peter (1988). Studies of quantitative genetic variation (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/12340.
- Visscher, Peter Martin (1991). Estimation of genetic parameters in dairy cattle using an animal model and implications for genetic improvement. lib.ed.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/11505. OCLC 606115316. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.663290.
- Anon (1985). "Professor William Hill OBE FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:
“All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
- "Bill Hill, at Edinburgh University's site". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007.
- Mackay, Trudy F. C.; Hill, William G.; Goddard, Michael E.; Visscher, Peter M. (2008). "Data and Theory Point to Mainly Additive Genetic Variance for Complex Traits". PLOS Genetics. 4 (2): e1000008. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000008. ISSN 1553-7404.
- Bill Hill publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
- Hill, William George (1990). "Alan Robertson. 21 February 1920-25 April 1989". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 36: 464. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1990.0040. PMID 11616177.
- Anon (2016). "Honorary Member Biographies: Professor William G. Hill". genetics.org.uk. The Genetics Society. Archived from the original on 2016-04-02.
- Hill, William George (1976). Theoretical population and quantitative genetics and animal improvement. ethos.bl.uk (DSc thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/14072.
- Anon (2016). "Editorial Board: Proceedings of the Royal Society: B" (PDF). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-23.
- "Darwin Medal". Royal Society. Retrieved 6 September 2018.