Biographical Data on Henry Bernard Davis Kettlewell

1907 (24 February): Birth, Howden, Yorkshire
1920-23: Educated at Charterhouse

1926: Went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, to read medicine (with zoology)
1929: Began clinical training at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London

1935: Joined a general medical practice in Cranleigh, Surrey. Subsequently worked as an anesthetist at St. Luke's Hospital, Guildford

1939-45: Emergency Medical Service, Woking War Hospital
1949: Emigrated to South Africa
1949-54: Carried out research at the International Locust Control Centre at the University of Cape Town. Undertook several expeditions to the Kalahari, the Knysna Forest, the Belgian Congo, and Mozambique

1952: Appointed to Nuffield Research Fellowship in the Department of Genetics, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Divided time between South Africa and Oxford
1954: Senior Research Officer in the Department of Genetics, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Settled in Oxford

1958: Expedition to Brazil to mark the centennial of Darwin's Origin of Species.

1959: Darwin Medal (USSR)
1965: Mendel Medal (Czechoslovakia)
1965: Official Fellow of Iffley College (which becomes Wolfson College in 1966)
1974: Retired. Elected Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College
1979: Died from an accidental overdose

In Who's Who he listed his recreations as: shooting, salmon fishing, devising lobster traps, gardening (growing hybrid beans and azaleas).

Reviews of Kettlewell's contribution to science:

Ford, E.B. 1975. Ecological Genetics. 4th ed. London: Chapman and Hall
Turner, John R.G. 1990. In Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Vol. 17, Supplement II: 469-471. New York: Scribner's.

News
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

17 June 2019
Opening of the Buttery

Wolfson College is thrilled to open the newly refurbished Buttery after several months of construction work. We look back on over 50 years of...

Aldabra Clean Up Project
17 June 2019
Plastic Pollution

Josephine Mahony, Geography student at Wolfson College, returns from a successful mission to clean up plastic at the remote island of Aldabra. The...

17 June 2019
Wolfson Leavers' Stall

It's a chance for you to meet the team as well as sign up for a University Alumni Card.

Our upcoming events

Conference
20 - 20
Jun Jun
Mahopādhyāyamahotsava: Celebration of a Sanskrit Teacher
Thursday 20 June - 9:30am to 6:00pm

Join us for a day conference in celebration of Sanskrit studies, in honour of Dr Jim Benson; with eminent speakers presenting on topics including Pāṇinian grammar, Vedic, philosophy, religion, history, poetics and culture.

Speakers:

Networking
20 - 20
Jun Jun
Wolfson Leavers' Stall
Thursday 20 June - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Come and find out what it is to be a Wolfson Alumnus. The Wolfson Alumni Office will be giving away information and goodies all day in the Café on Thursday 20th June. We look forward to meeting as many leavers as possible.

Parties and Dinners
20 - 20
Jun Jun
Guest Night Dinner
Thursday 20 June - 7:15pm

Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during term time and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart, no gowns.

Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.

Guest Night Price List