Reginald Ruggles Gates
|Reginald Ruggles Gates|
|Born||May 1, 1882|
|Died||August 12, 1962(aged 80)|
|Alma mater||McGill University|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
|Author abbrev. (botany)|
Marie Stopes (1911-1914, annulled)
Jennie Williams (1929, dissolved)
Laura Greer (1955-)
CareerRoyal Society in 1931. His nomination reads
|“||Professor Gates enjoys a widespread reputation as a distinguished investigator of cytological problems and especially in connection with genetics. He has thrown much light on the behaviour of Olnothera, which formed the basis of De Vries well-known theory of mutations. He has trained a number of cytological students, some of whom now fill posts of importance. He is the author of over 100 papers and memoirs, some of which have been published by the Royal Society. Latterly he has paid attention to genetical anthropology and is the author of several books on this subject.||”|
Additionally, Gates was a eugenicist. In 1923, he wrote Heredity and Eugenics. He maintained his ideas on race and eugenics long after World War II, into the era when these were deemed anachronistic. He was a founder of Mankind Quarterly and the International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology and Eugenics. He was a strong opponent of interracial marriage and, according to A.S. Winston, "argued that races were separate species."
In 1911, Gates married Marie Stopes, but the marriage was annulled in 1914. In 1955, he married Laura Greer.
Death and legacy
- Heredity in Man. (1929). Constable & Company.
- A botanist in the Amazon Valley. (1927). H. F. & G. Witherby.
- Human Genetics. (1946). The Macmillan company (2 volumes).
- "Racial elements in the aborigines of Queensland, Australia". (Jan. 1960). Zeitschrift für Morphologie und Anthropologie. Bd. 50. H. 2. pp. 150–166.
- Mendel's Legacy: The Origin of Classical Genetics By Elof Axel Carlson, pg 128
- The Retreat of Scientific Racism By Elazar Barkan 168-175
- The Ruggles Gates Award
- The Ruggles Gates Chair In Biology