Bachelor, U. Cambridge, England, 1956; Philosophy Doctor, U. Cambridge, England, 1959; laurea honoris causa, U. Bologna, Italy, 1987; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Oxford, 1988; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Bath, England, 1988; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Edinburgh, 1990; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Surrey, 1990; Hon Doctor of Science, U. Hull, 1990; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Bristol, 1991; Doctor honoris causa, U. Leuven, 1992; Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Dundee, 1993; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Loughborough, 1993; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Lancaster, 1994; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Aberdeen, 1994; Doctor honoris causa, Masaryk U., Brno., 1994.
In 1961 Bodmer joined Joshua Lederberg"s laboratory in the Genetics Department of Stanford University as a postdoctoral researcher, continuing his work on population genetics. In 1962 Walter Bodmer was appointed to the faculty at Stanford. He left Stanford University in 1970 to become the first Professor of Genetics at the University of Oxford.
Bodmer developed models for population genetics and worked on the human leukocyte antigen system and the use of somatic cell hybrids for human linkage studies.
In 1985 he chaired a Royal Society committee which wrote The Bodmer Report. This has been credited with starting the movement for the public understanding of science.
Bodmer was one of the first to suggest the idea of the Human Genome Project. In 1987 he received the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine.
He was the director of research (1979–1991) and then Director General (1991–1996) of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
He was also Chancellor of the University of Salford, England (1995–2005. Succeeded by Sir Martin Harris) and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1996–2005. Succeeded by Doctor John Landers).
In 2005, Bodmer was appointed to lead a £2.3 million project (roughly 45 million United States dollar) by the Wellcome Trust at University of Oxford to examine the genetic makeup of the United Kingdom - the People of the British Isles project
He was joined by Oxford Professor Peter Donnelly (a population genetics and statistics expert) and the Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow Lon Cardon. Bodmer said "Our aim is to characterise the genetic make-up of the British population and relate this to the historical and archaeological evidence." The researchers presented some of their findings to the public via the Channel 4 television series "Faces of Britain." On 14 April 2007, Channel 4 in Britain aired a program that highlighted the study’s then-current findings.
The project took deoxyribonucleic acid samples from hundreds of volunteers throughout Britain, seeking tell-tale fragments of deoxyribonucleic acid that would reveal the biological traces of successive waves of colonisers — Celts, Saxons, Vikings, et cetera — in various parts of Britain.
The findings showed that the Viking invasion of Britain was predominantly from Danish Vikings while the Orkney Islands were settled by Norwegian Vikings.
He is currently Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. Research interests of the laboratory include the fundamental genetics and biology of colorectal cancer.
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Fellow Royal Society, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Surgeons (honorary), Royal College Physicians (honorary), Royal Society Medicine (honorary), International Institute Biotechnology. Member Academy Europea, Association for Science Education (president 1989-1990), British Association for the Advancement of Science (president 1987-1988, vice president since 1989), Brit Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (president 1990-1991), American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign honorary member), United States National Academy Science (associate), American Association Immunologists., Human Genome Organisation (president 1990-1992), British Association Advancement Sciences (chairman county since 1996).
Married Julia Gwynaeth Pilkington, August 11, 1956. Children: Mark William, Helen Clare, Charles Walter.