Made to measure
Edinburgh has long been a leader in the field of quantitative genetics, which studies complex characteristics such as height or mass that often depend on many genes. Douglas Scott Falconer (1913-2004) forged new ways of describing genetic variation across different environments and of predicting disease risk. Falconer took over from C.H. Waddington as head of the Institute of Animal Genetics in 1969. Falconer's accessible and elegantly written book Introduction to Quantitative Genetics immediately became, and has remained, a standard text worldwide for both students, scientists and animal breeders, running through four editions and nine translations.