William C. Boyd
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|William C. Boyd|
|Born||March 04, 1903
|Died||February 19, 1983|
|Institutions||Boston University School of Medicine (1926-1968)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (1925)
Boston University (Ph.D. 1930)
|Known for||Blood type, Lectin|
Boyd's signal contribution was to discover that human blood groups are inherited and not influenced by environment. By genetic analysis of blood groups he hypothesized that human races are populations that differ by alleles. On that basis, he divided the world population into 13 geographically distinct races with different blood group gene profiles. In 1955, Boyd co-published the book Races and People with Isaac Asimov; they were both then professors at Boston University School of Medicine.
Boyd also wrote and published several science fiction short stories in collaboration with Lyle G. Boyd under the name "Boyd Ellanbee" (obviously standing for "Boyd, L and B", for Lyle and Bill).
- Races and People, by Isaac Asimov and William C Boyd, 1955.
- Genetics and the races of man: An introduction to modern physical anthropology, William C Boyd, 1950.
- Peter D'Adamo, ed. - The individualist - William Boyd
- "William C. Boyd Papers 1944-1983 (bulk 1944-1950)". National Library of Medicine.