William Pattie (Bill) was born at Leura NSW, and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a B.Sc. in Sheep and Wool Technology in 1960. He was then appointed Livestock Research Officer at Trangie Agricultural Research Station, NSW, working with Bob Dun, where he conducted research into inheritance of growth and wool production of Merino sheep and crossbreeding systems in prime lamb production. Following postgraduate studies, supervised by Helen Turner, on realised selection responses in single character selection lines established at Trangie by Fred Morley, he was awarded a PhD in animal breeding by UNSW in 1966. In 1968, he was appointed Special Livestock Research Officer, NSW Department of Agriculture, responsible for the direction of livestock production research.
From 1971 to 1991 Bill followed an academic career firstly at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, then at the University of Queensland in the faculties of Veterinary Science and Agricultural Science. From 1991 to 1997 Bill was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Agriculture and Head of the School of Agriculture at the University of the South Pacific.
Since his retirement at the end of 1997, Bill maintained his interest in Animal Breeding and assisted with the organisation of ASAP conferences. In 2004 Professor Heather Burrow invited him to join the 16th AAABG committee and assist with the conference organization and publication of the proceedings. Bill has continued that work and developed the AAABG internet web site including a searchable database of all the conference papers. At the 18th conference Bill was made an honorary life member of the AAABG.