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.

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Eight years on from the disastrous accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, how has the clean-up operation gone; what are Japanese attitudes to nuclear power; and what energy mix is right for a resource-poor economic superpower? Naomi Hirose has for many years been at the helm of The Tokyo Electric Power Company which runs Fukushima, and he is in Oxford, at Wolfson College, to set out his views, and to take all questions.

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