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Sir Patrick Bateson (1938–2017)

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Science  13 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6360, pp. 174
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9754

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Sir Patrick Bateson, who died on 1 August at the age of 79, made great strides in the field of ethology—the biological basis of animal behavior. He also contributed to neuroscience, theoretical biology, scientific methodology, and psychology, forging new links between these disciplines. A force in science and education, he combined intellectual brilliance and personal charm with a sense of humor that could by turns be incisive, mischievous, and self-deprecating.