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William C. Boyd Papers 1944-1983 (bulk 1944-1950)
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Biographical Note

Dr. William C. Boyd received his Ph.D. in chemistry at Boston University in 1930. He spent his career at Boston University, first as a faculty member in the medical school and, after 1948 until his retirement in 1968, professor immunochemistry. In response to the need in World War II to find a quick and easy way to determine blood type from whole blood, Boyd discovered that chemicals, called 'lectins,' in some plants reacted differently to different blood types. His research ultimately disclosed thousands of plants which possessed these chemicals.