Sir Patrick Bateson

It is with great sadness that ZSL announces the death on 1 August 2017 of biologist and science writer Professor Sir Patrick Bateson, FRS. He became a ZSL Honorary Fellow in 2001 and was President of ZSL from 2004-2014.

The Duke of Cambridge arrives at ZSL and is met by Ralph Armond and Sir Patrick Bateson.
The Duke of Cambridge at ZSL with Sir Patrick Bateson and Director General Ralph Armond

His studies and research focused on zoology and animal behaviour, where he achieved a BSc in zoology and a PhD in animal behaviour from Cambridge University. Sir Patrick’s research focused on the development of behaviour, and increasingly upon the evolutionary impact of developmental and behavioural processes and also did distinguished work on animal pain and suffering.

Sir Patrick  served as Biological Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society, Vice Chairman of the Museums and Galleries Commission; Provost of King’s College, Cambridge University; Director of the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour at King’s College, Cambridge and as a professor of ethology there he explored how an organism initiates its own evolutionary change.

He was knighted by HM The Queen in 2003 for his service to biology and advancing public understanding of science.

A memorial service will be held in Cambridge in the autumn.

Patrick Bateson with the winners of the 2004 ZSL Annual Awards
Sir Patrick Bateson with the winners of the 2004 ZSL Annual Awards

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