Henry A. Lardy
|Henry A. Lardy|
|Born||August 19, 1917
Roslyn, South Dakota
|Died||August 4, 2010 (aged 92)
|Alma mater||South Dakota State University|
|Known for||Enzyme kinetics|
|Notable awards||Wolf Foundation Award in Agriculture, National Award of Agricultural Excellence|
Henry A. Lardy (August 19, 1917 – August 4, 2010) was a biochemist and professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1958. Research in Lardy's laboratory centered on elucidating the mechanisms underlying metabolism.
Early life and education
Lardy was born in Roslyn, South Dakota in 1917. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1939 from South Dakota State University, with a double major in chemistry and dairy science. While at South Dakota State, Lardy worked in the dairy science department, where he cared for rats and cows that were used for Vitamin D research.
After earning his Ph.D., Lardy joined the faculty at the Enzyme Institute at UW-Madison, and very quickly became the Institute's Team Lead. His laboratory has published more than 370 articles on a variety of metabolic phenomena. Even after his official retirement, Lardy still operated a laboratory in the biochemistry department.
Notable scientific contributions
Lardy is among several people credited for the development of adjustable micropipets. He also played an important role in developing methods for the storage and preservation of semen, which aided in artificial insemination of livestock.
Awards and distinctions
- 1949 - Paul-Lewis Award in Enzyme Chemistry (American Chemical Society)
- 1981 - Wolf Foundation Award in Agriculture
- 1982 - National Award of Agricultural Excellence
- 1988 - William C. Rose Award (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
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