AKA Reginald Crundall Punnett
Birthplace: Tonbridge, Kent, England
Location of death: Bilbrook, Somerset, England
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Early geneticist
Studied genetics at Cambridge University with William Bateson, researching the morphology of nemertine worms. The two of them discovered the phenomenon of "linkage", where unrelated traits were communicated in tandem to offspring. They founded the Journal of Genetics in 1910, and Punnett become professor of genetics at Cambridge after Bateson retired the University to head the John Innes Horticultural Institution. As professor, he developed a process using trait linkages, termed "autosexing", to distinguish between genders of chicken visually using the animal's plumage (Heredity in Poultry, 1923). Another innovation of his was the "Punnett Square", depicting the variety of possible genetic combinations of offspring. Punnett retired in 1940 but remained active in minor scientific endeavors, dying in Somerset in 1967.
University: BA Zoology, Cambridge University (1898)
Teacher: Demonstrator of Zoology, Cambridge University (1902-05)
Professor: Genetics, Cambridge University
Author of books:
Mimicry in Butterflies (1915)
Heredity in Poultry (1923)
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