Gregory Bateson, who was the son of William Bateson
(coiner of the term "genetics") and the husband of Margaret Mead, influenced the fields of information science, cybernetics, urban planning, anthropology, psychiatry, biology, and ecology--before, in fact, some of these sciences even existed.
This strand began with her enrollment in classes and research as a 19-year-old with genetics researcher William Bateson
and experimental plant physiologist F.
(1) Lindley Darden, "William Bateson
and the Promise of Mendelism," Journal of the History of Biology 10 (1977): 87-106.
The terms "gene" and "genetics" were coined by William Bateson
in 1902 and the location of genes within the chromosomes was discovered in 1910 by Thomas Morgan.
His mother was Caroline Beatrice Durham and his father was William Bateson
, a renowned geneticist at Cambridge University.
And there are several scientists: the Dutchman Hugo De Vries, the German Karl Correns, and the Englishman William Bateson
, each of whom might have been more famous had they not all been scooped a generation earlier by Mendel's discovery of the basic laws of genetics.