David Catcheside

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David Guthrie Catcheside FRS (31 May 1907 – 1 June 1994) was a British plant geneticist.

He was educated at Strand School and King's College London (BSc).[1] He was a Lecturer in Botany at King's College London from 1933 to 1936, and at the University of Cambridge from 1937 to 1950. He was Professor of Genetics at the University of Adelaide from 1952 to 1955, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham from 1956 to 1964, and Professor of Genetics at the Australian National University from 1964 to 1972.[2]

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951. He was also a Fellow of King's College London and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.


In 1931, David Catcheside proposed the idea that there is evidence of parasynapsis within Oenothera plants, based on their chromosomal arrangement.[3]


The D.G Catcheside Prize, awarded by the Genetics Society of Australia to the top doctoral student in the field of genetics, was named for him.[4]


D. G. Catcheside MA, DSc, FAA, FRS (1980). Mosses of South Australia. Handbooks of the Flora and Fauna of South Australia. D. J. Woolman, Government Printer, South Australia.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ "David Guthrie Catcheside 1907-1994". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ ‘CATCHESIDE, David Guthrie’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  3. ^ Catcheside, D. G. (1 January 1931). "Critical Evidence of Parasynapsis in Oenothera". Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character. 109 (761): 165–184. Bibcode:1931RSPSB.109..165C. doi:10.1098/rspb.1931.0075. JSTOR 81678.
  4. ^ "Genetics Society of Australia /Awards". Retrieved 25 January 2018.