Professor Sir Patrick Bateson
It is with great sadness that the College announces the death, peacefully on 1 August 2017, of Professor Sir Patrick Bateson.
Born in 1938, Pat came up to King’s in 1957 to read Natural Sciences, taking a First in 1960 which earned him the University’s Frank Smart Prize for Zoology. He was in addition a Scholar and Prizeman of the College. He became a Fellow in 1964, and in 1988 succeeded Sir Bernard Williams as Provost, a role which he held until 2003, in which year he was also knighted. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Professor of Ethology at Cambridge until his retirement in 2005; in 2004 he was elected President of the Zoological Society of London.
Pat’s research focused on the development of behaviour, and increasingly upon the evolutionary impact of developmental and behavioural processes. He worked on the development of play in cats (many will remember Pat and Dusha’s striking companions in the Provost’s Lodge), and also did distinguished work on animal pain and suffering, especially in relation to the hunting with hounds of red deer in the west of England. The ethics of using animals in laboratory research was the subject of a 2011 study for the Wellcome Trust.
Beyond his scientific work Pat was keenly interested in gardens and gardening, and played a significant role in the Gardens Committee of the College over many years.
The date of a memorial service for Pat to be held in the College Chapel during Michaelmas Term will be announced as soon as possible.