William Bateson (1861-1926)

Key figure in the radical mutationist backlash against Darwinism beginning in the 1890's. Bateson was one of the first to accept the Mendelian laws that were rediscovered and reinterpreted in 1900. He popularized Mendelian genetics in Britain, discovered linkage, and introduced the term "genetics" itself in 1909. Bateson's beliefs in saltational evolution were influenced by his contacts with Galton in England and Brooks in America.

Bateson is the older fellow at the center. S. Wright is second from left.


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