|Headquarters||1 Naoroji Street|
The Genetics Society is a British learned society. It was founded by William Bateson and Edith Rebecca Saunders in 1919 and celebrated its centenary year in 2019. It is therefore one of the oldest learned societies devoted to genetics. Its membership of over 2000 consists of most of the UK's active professional geneticists, including researchers, teachers and students.Industry and publishing are also represented in the membership.
The Genetics Society is a registered charity that organises scientific meetings to promote current research in genetics and genomics, and publishes primary research in genetics in the journals Heredity and Genes and Development. It supports students to attend meetings, sponsors research through fieldwork grants and student bursaries, and promotes the public understanding of genetics.
|2021-2024||Anne Ferguson-Smith, FRS|
|2018-2021||Laurence Hurst, FRS|
|2015–2018||Wendy Bickmore, FRS|
|2012–2015||Enrico Coen, FRS|
|2009-2012||Veronica van Heyningen, FRS|
|2006-2009||Brian Charlesworth, FRS|
|2003-2006||Jonathan Hodgkin, FRS|
|2000-2003||Linda Partridge, FRS|
|1997-2000||Michael Ashburner, FRS|
|1994-1997||David John Sherratt, FRS|
|1990-1994||Paul Nurse, PRS|
|1987-1990||Noreen Murray, FRS|
|1984-1987||David Hopwood, FRS|
|1981-1984||John L Jinks, FRS|
|1978-1981||John Fincham, FRS|
|1975-1978||John Thoday, FRS|
|1973-1975||Ralph Riley, FRS|
|1971-1973||William Hayes, FRS|
|1968-1971||Dan Lewis (geneticist) FRS|
|1966-1968||Charlotte Auerbach, FRS|
|1964-1966||Guido Pontecorvo, FRS|
|1961-1964||David Catcheside, FRS|
|1958-1961||CH Waddington, FRS|
|1955-1958||Lionel Penrose, FRS|
|1952-1955||Sydney Harland, FRS|
|1949-1952||Kenneth Mather, FRS|
|1946-1949||EB Ford, FRS|
|1943-1946||CD Darlington, FRS|
|1940-1943||Ronald Fisher, FRS|
|1938-1940||Francis Albert Eley Crew, FRS|
|1936-1938||Miss ER Saunders, FRHS|
|1932-1936||JBS Haldane, FRS|
|1930-1932||Reginald Punnett, FRS|
|1919-1930||Arthur Balfour, FRS|
The society publishes the journal Heredity in association with Nature Publishing Group and the journal Genes & Development in association with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.It also publishes The Genetics Society Newsletter and the Naked Genetics and Genetics Unzipped (the latter hosted by Kat Arney) podcasts.
The Mendel Medal is named after Gregor Mendel (1822–84), famous for his experiments on heredity in peas and founder of genetics as a scientific discipline. The Mendel Medal is awarded by the President of the Genetics Society, usually twice within the President’s term of office, to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research in any field of genetics.
|2019||William G. Hill|
|2007||H. Robert Horvitz|
|2004||Chris R. Somerville|
|2003||Mary F. Lyon|
|2002||Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza|
|2001||Leland H. Hartwell|
|1999||Eric F. Wieschaus|
|1985||John Maynard Smith|
|1974||Dan Lewis (geneticist)|
|1972||C. D. Darlington|
|1960||C. H. Waddington|
|1958||George Wells Beadle|
The Balfour Lecture, named after the Genetics Society’s first President, is an award to mark the contributions to genetics of an outstanding young investigator.The Balfour Lecturer is elected by the Society’s Committee on the basis of nominations made by any individual member of the Society. The only conditions are that the recipient of the award must normally have less than 10 years’ postdoctoral research experience at the time of nomination, and that any nomination must be made with the consent of the nominee. Those making nominations must be members of the Genetics Society, but there is no requirement for the nominee to be a member, nor is there any restriction on nationality or residence.
|2017||Andrew J. Wood|
|2016||Felicity C. Jones|
|2011||Mohan Madan Babu|
|2010||Andrew P Jackson|
|2005||Mario de Bono|
|2001||Sally J. Leevers|
|2000||Daniel G. Bradley|
|1999||Darren G. Monckton|
|1995||Daniel St Johnston|
|1992||William R. A. Brown|
|1989||Ian J. Jackson|
The Genetics Society Medalis an award that recognizes outstanding research contributions to genetics. The Medal recipient, who should still be active in research at the time the Medal is awarded, will be elected annually by the Genetics Society Committee on the basis of nominations made by any individual member of the Society. Those making nominations must be members of the Genetics Society, but there is no requirement for the nominee to be a member, nor any restriction on nationality or residence. Neither current members of the Committee nor those who have retired from office in the past four years may be nominated for the award. The recipient is invited to deliver a lecture at a Genetics Society meeting, where the medal will be awarded, in the year following their election.
|2018||Michael W. Bevan|
The JBS Haldane Lecture,named in honour of the pioneering geneticist and evolutionary biologist J. B. S. Haldane, recognises an individual for outstanding ability to communicate topical subjects in genetics research, widely interpreted, to an interested lay audience. Awards are made annually and are presented at an open lecture given by the awardee.
|2014||Armand Marie Leroi|
This new award,named after the distinguished geneticist Mary F. Lyon FRS, was established in 2015 to reward outstanding research in genetics to scientists who are in the middle of their research career.
The Sir Kenneth Mather Memorial Prizeis awarded jointly by The Genetics Society and The University of Birmingham and rewards a student of any UK University or Research Institution who has shown outstanding performance in the area of quantitative or population genetics.
|Academic Year||Recipient||Institute||Joint recipient||Institute|
|2019/20||Rosa Cheesman||Kings College London|
|2018/19||Gonçalo Faria||University of St. Andrews|
|2017/18||Rosina Savisaar||University of Bath|
|2016/17||Danag Crysnanto||University of Edinburgh|
|2015/16||Jessica King||University of Edinburgh|
|2014/15||Robert Power||Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Population Health|
|2013/14||Tom Booker||University of Edinburgh||Simon Martin||University of Cambridge|
|2012/13||Laura Corbin||Roslin Institute||Xiachi Xin||University of Edinburgh|
|2011/12||Holly Trochet||University of Edinburgh|
|2010/11||Ben Longdon||University of Edinburgh||Gibran Hemani||Roslin Institute|
|2009/10||Kay Boulton||University of Edinburgh|
|2008/09||Kreepa Kooblall||University of Birmingham|
|2007/08||Mark Adams||University of Edinburgh|
Mendelian inheritance is a type of biological inheritance that follows the principles originally proposed by Gregor Mendel in 1865 and 1866, re-discovered in 1900 and popularized by William Bateson. These principles were initially controversial. When Mendel's theories were integrated with the Boveri–Sutton chromosome theory of inheritance by Thomas Hunt Morgan in 1915, they became the core of classical genetics. Ronald Fisher combined these ideas with the theory of natural selection in his 1930 book The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, putting evolution onto a mathematical footing and forming the basis for population genetics within the modern evolutionary synthesis.
Thomas Hunt Morgan was an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist, and science author who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933 for discoveries elucidating the role that the chromosome plays in heredity.
Barbara McClintock was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of her research for the rest of her life. From the late 1920s, McClintock studied chromosomes and how they change during reproduction in maize. She developed the technique for visualizing maize chromosomes and used microscopic analysis to demonstrate many fundamental genetic ideas. One of those ideas was the notion of genetic recombination by crossing-over during meiosis—a mechanism by which chromosomes exchange information. She produced the first genetic map for maize, linking regions of the chromosome to physical traits. She demonstrated the role of the telomere and centromere, regions of the chromosome that are important in the conservation of genetic information. She was recognized as among the best in the field, awarded prestigious fellowships, and elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1944.
John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, nicknamed "Jack" or "JBS", was a British scientist known for his works in physiology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and mathematics. With innovative use of statistics in biology, he was one of the founders of neo-Darwinism.
Edmund Brisco "Henry" Ford was a British ecological geneticist. He was a leader among those British biologists who investigated the role of natural selection in nature. As a schoolboy Ford became interested in lepidoptera, the group of insects which includes butterflies and moths. He went on to study the genetics of natural populations, and invented the field of ecological genetics. Ford was awarded the Royal Society's Darwin Medal in 1954.
William Bateson was an English biologist who was the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity, and the chief populariser of the ideas of Gregor Mendel following their rediscovery in 1900 by Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns. His 1894 book Materials for the Study of Variation was one of the earliest formulations of the new approach to genetics.
Genetics and the Origin of Species is a 1937 book by the Ukrainian-American evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky. It is regarded as one of the most important works of the modern synthesis, and was one of the earliest. The book popularized the work of population genetics to other biologists, and influenced their appreciation for the genetic basis of evolution. In his book, Dobzhansky applied the theoretical work of Sewall Wright (1889–1988) to the study of natural populations, allowing him to address evolutionary problems in a novel way during his time. Dobzhansky implements theories of mutation, natural selection, and speciation throughout his book to explain habits of populations and the resulting effects on their genetic behavior. The book explains evolution in depth as a process over time that accounts for the diversity of all life on Earth. The study of evolution was present, but greatly neglected at the time. Dobzhansky illustrates that evolution regarding the origin and nature of species during this time in history was deemed mysterious, but had expanding potential for progress to be made in its field.
Mary Frances Lyon was an English geneticist best known for her discovery of X-chromosome inactivation, an important biological phenomenon.
Reginald Crundall Punnett FRS was a British geneticist who co-founded, with William Bateson, the Journal of Genetics in 1910. Punnett is probably best remembered today as the creator of the Punnett square, a tool still used by biologists to predict the probability of possible genotypes of offspring. His Mendelism (1905) is sometimes said to have been the first textbook on genetics; it was probably the first popular science book to introduce genetics to the public.
Eric Francis Wieschaus is an American evolutionary developmental biologist and 1995 Nobel Prize-winner.
Alfred Henry Sturtevant was an American geneticist. Sturtevant constructed the first genetic map of a chromosome in 1911. Throughout his career he worked on the organism Drosophila melanogaster with Thomas Hunt Morgan. By watching the development of flies in which the earliest cell division produced two different genomes, he measured the embryonic distance between organs in a unit which is called the sturt in his honor. In 1967, Sturtevant received the National Medal of Science.
The American Genetic Association (AGA), formerly the American Breeders' Association, is a USA-based learned society dedicated to the study of genetics. Founded in 1903, the organization publishes the Journal of Heredity.
William George Hill is an English geneticist and statistician. He is professor emeritus at University of Edinburgh since his retirement in 2002. He is credited as co-discoverer of the Hill–Robertson effect with his doctoral advisor, Alan Robertson.
Dronamraju Krishna Rao was an Indian-born geneticist and president of the Foundation for Genetic Research in Houston, Texas. He was born in Pithapuram, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. One focus of his work has been the research of his mentor J. B. S. Haldane. As an author, his name is usually rendered Krishna R. Dronamraju. He died in Houston at age 83.
The Kavli Medal is the name of two medals awarded biennially by the Royal Society.
Florence Margaret Durham was a British geneticist at Cambridge in the early 1900s and an advocate of the theory of Mendelian inheritance, at a time when it was still controversial. She was part of an informal school of genetics at Cambridge led by her brother-in-law William Bateson. Her work on the heredity of coat colours in mice and canaries helped to support and extend Mendel's law of heredity. It is also one of the first examples of epistasis.
Edith Rebecca Saunders was a British geneticist and plant anatomist. Described by J. B. S. Haldane as the "Mother of British Plant Genetics", she played an active role in the re-discovery of Mendel's laws of heredity, the understanding of trait inheritance in plants, and was the first collaborator of the geneticist William Bateson. She also developed extensive work on flower anatomy, particularly focusing on the gynoecia, the female reproductive organs of flowers.
Arthur Dukinfield Darbishire FRSE was a short-lived but influential British zoologist and geneticist. He was the first person to lecture in Genetics in the UK. He caused a stir in the world of genetics in the early 20th century in the debate over theory, sometimes referred to as The Mendel Wars.
M. Madan BabuFMedSci is a computational biologist and bioinformatician. He is the endowed chair in biological data science and director of the center of excellence for data-driven discovery at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Previously, he served as a programme leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).