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Sir Patrick Bateson, FRS (born 31 March 1938) is an English biologist and ethologist. Bateson is emeritus professor of ethology at Cambridge University and president of the Zoological Society of London since 2004.

Bateson's grandfather's cousin was the geneticist William Bateson. Patrick Bateson received his BA degree in zoology and Ph.D. degree in animal behaviour from Cambridge University. Previous academic positions include a Harkness Fellowship at Stanford University[1] and ten years as head of the Cambridge sub-department of Animal Behaviour. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1983. He retired as the biological secretary to the Royal Society and Provost of King's College, Cambridge in 2003, but continues in his other roles. He was made a knight bachelor in 2003.

Bateson is a research scientist and science populariser who has written many books and articles on ethology, animal welfare, developmental biology and genetics, gives public lectures and broadcasts, as well as advising the Parliament of the United Kingdom on scientific matters.

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