Elected: 1975
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor John William Beaufoy King FRSE
John King had a passion to see research in animal genetics translated into breeding practice. His work helped to transform the pig breeding industry in the UK, but his influence stretched world-wide.

John was born on 28 June 1927 in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire to a family of farmers and corn millers.

He had an outstanding record at Stroud School from where he won an open scholarship to Cambridge to take a natural science tripos followed by a diploma in agricultural science in 1948. His post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Institute of Animal Genetics of Edinburgh University, using mice as an animal breeding model. He worked under the guidance of Douglas Falconer who trained and influenced many animal geneticists of John’s and subsequent generations. After obtaining his Ph.D. he was appointed to the scientific staff of the then recently established ARC Animal Breeding Research Organisation under the directorship of Hugh Donald.

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