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William Hill

William Hill

Professor William Hill OBE FRS


Elected: 1985


William Hill is distinguished for his theoretical contributions to the study of the population and quantitative genetics of finite populations, in particular with respect to multilocus problems. He was the first to present formulae for the expected association of linked genes in finite populations due to random sampling of gametes and for the estimation of these associations from genotype frequencies. He has made major contributions to the analysis of quantitative variation in random breeding populations, both in the design and interpretation of selection experiments and in the analysis of similarity between relatives. He has applied these concepts in his own selection experiments in the laboratory and in farm animal improvement programmes.

Professor William Hill OBE FRS died on 17 December 2021.

Professional positions

Emeritus Professor of Animal Genetics, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Edinburgh

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Agricultural and forest science, Evolution, Population genetics, Biological statistics


Genetic improvement of livestock, Animal breeding, Finite population genetics, Linkage disequilibrium, Experimental design


  • Darwin Medal

    For his contribution to our understanding of the genetics of quantitative traits and response to selection.

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