R. J. Berry

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Robert James "Sam" Berry FRSE FSB (26 October 1934 – 29 March 2018[1][2]) was a British geneticist, naturalist and Christian theorist. He was professor of genetics at University College London between 1974–2000. Before that he was a lecturer in genetics at The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London. He was president from 1983 to 1986 of the Linnean Society, the British Ecological Society and the European Ecological Federation. As a Christian, Berry has spoken out in favour of theistic evolution, and served as a lay member of the Church of England's General Synod and president of Christians in Science. He gave the 1997–98 Glasgow Gifford Lectures entitled Gods, Genes, Greens and Everything. His father, A.J.Berry, died in 1947.

Early life and education[edit]

He was educated at Kirkham Grammar School and Shrewsbury School. One of his first published works in 1961 was in the "Teach yourself books" series Genetics.[3] The paperback version was released in 1972.[4]


Biological works[edit]

  • Teach yourself books Genetics. (1965) ISBN 978-0340055939
  • Inheritance and Natural History. New Naturalist series no. 61 (1977)
  • The Natural History of Shetland. New Naturalist series no. 64 (1980)
  • The Natural History of Orkney. New Naturalist series no. 70 (1985)
  • Genes in Ecology (ed. R.J. Berry, T.J. Crawford, G.M. Hewitt, N.R. Webb) (1992) ISBN 0-521-54936-1
  • Islands. New Naturalist series no. 109 (2009) ISBN 978-0-00-726737-8

Religious works[edit]


  1. ^ Obituary – Professor Sam Berry
  2. ^ Berry
  3. ^ Berry, Robert J (1961). Teach yourself books Genetics. English Universities Press. ISBN 978-0340055939.
  4. ^ Berry, R. J. (1972). Genetics (2nd ed.). London: Teach Yourself Books. ISBN 0-340-09681-0. OCLC 726322.

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