William educated at Cambridge, where in 1908 he became the first professor of genetics.
Bateson, He was director of the John Innes Horticultural Institution in Surrey in 1910. Doing embryological research in the United States of America in the 1880s, Bateson discovered evidence that chordates had evolved from echinoderms - a theory now widely accepted. He spent the next years investigating the fauna of the salt lakes of Europe, central Asia, and Egypt. In his book Material for the Study for Variation 1894, he put forward his theory of discontinuity to explain the long process of evolution. According to this theory, species do not develop in a predictable sequence of very gradual changes but instead evolve in a series of discontinuous jumps. Mendel? s work, which he translated and championed, provided him with supportive evidence. Bateson also carried out breeding experiments, described in Mendel. Principles of Heredity 1908. He showed that certain traits are consistently inherited together; this phenomenon ( called linkage ) is now known to result from genes being situated close together on the same chromosome( 1861-1926 ).