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The academy sent invitations to attend the jubilee to all its foreign members, including the “godfather” of genetics, chairman of the permanent committee for international genetics congresses, William Bateson. Bateson had planned for a long time to visit Russia on his own. 78 But family matters forced him to cancel the trip. The invitation to come to Leningrad for the jubilee in early September, therefore, came at an opportune moment, and Bateson gladly accepted it. Bateson was not the only geneticist among the guests.

Genetics began rapidly to acquire a disciplinary form. In 1908, in Berlin, Erwin Baur founded the first specialized journal in the field—Zeitschrift f ür induktive Abstammungs- und Vererbungslehre ( Journal for the Inductive Study of Evolution and Heredity). The next year, a chair of genetics was Genetics as an international science 15 created in Cambridge University, and Bateson’s collaborator Reginald C. Punnett became the world’s first professor of genetics. A year later, in 1910, the John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in London with Bateson as its first director.

S. Chetverikov (sitting first on the left), A. S. Serebrovskii (standing first on the right), H. J. Muller (standing third from the right). Courtesy of the APS. The Bolshevik government eagerly supported scientists’ efforts to rebuild their international relations for a number of reasons. First of all, the Bolsheviks hoped to use western advances in science and technology in their efforts to revive the country’s economy devastated by almost a decade of continuous warfare. ”73 At the same time Narkomzdrav sent its own official representatives to Germany, France, and the United States.

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