Gregory Bateson – Short Bio from last Bateson’s book – Mind and Nature 1979)

GREGORY BATESON was born in 1904, the son of William Bateson, a leading British biologist and a pioneering geneticist. Resisting family pressures to follow in his father’s footsteps, he completed his degree in anthropology instead of the natural sciences, and left England to do field work in New Guinea. It was on his second trip there, in 1956, that he met his fellow anthropologist Margaret Mead, whom he later married; their only child, Mary Catherine Bateson, is also an anthropologist. Bateson and Mead were divorced in 1950, but they continued to collaborate professionally and maintained their friendship until Mead’s death in 1978. In the years to follow, Bateson became a visiting professor of anthropology at Harvard (1947); was appointed research associate at the Langley Porrer Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco; worked as Ethnologist at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital (where he developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia and formulated a new theory of learning). He worked with dolphins at the Oceanographic Institute in Hawaii and taught ar the University of Hawaii. In 1972 he joined rhe faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz. The author of Naven and Steps to an Ecology of Mind. and co-author of Balinese Character, Gregory Bateson has markedly influenced an entire generation of social scientists, including the British psychiatrist R. D. Laing-and he is considered one of the “fathers” of the family therapy movement. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California in 1976, he now lives in Ben Lomond, California, with his wife, Lois, and daughter, Nora.


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