Neal L. First

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Neal Lloyd First (born in 1930) is an American biologist.

Birth and education[edit]

Neal L. First was born in 1930 in the United States. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.


Neal L. First is known for his contributions to animal genetics by the development of systems of bovine embryo cloning, gene transfer, and in-vitro production of livestock embryos. Because of his research, there has been a major advances in the application of biotechnology to reproduction in farm animals, eliminating the need for brood cows in beef cattle breeding. His research has focused on sperm and oocyte maturation, in vitro production of embryos, cloning of cattle, and methods for producing transgenic embryos.

Awards and honours[edit]

Neal L. First has received several awards in his life. He has received the Animal Science Morrison Award, the Upjohn Research Award, the Society for the Study of Reproduction Research Award, the National Association of Animal Breeders Research Award and the Von Humboldt Award. In 1996/7, he received the Wolf Prize in Agriculture "for his pioneering research in the reproductive biology of livestock".[1] He was at the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison when he received the prize.

He is also a member of the National Academy of Science.



  • Neal L. First[1]
  • The Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 1996/7[2]