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Neal L. First

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Neal L. First
Born(1930-10-08)October 8, 1930
DiedNovember 20, 2014(2014-11-20) (aged 84)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materMichigan State University
Known forAnimal genetics
AwardsWolf Prize in Agriculture
Scientific career
FieldsAnimal genetics

Neal Lloyd First (October 8, 1930 – November 20, 2014) was an American biologist.[1]

Birth and education

Neal L. First was born in 1930.[1] He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University.[citation needed]


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First was known for his contributions to animal genetics, and in particular for the development of systems of bovine embryo cloning, gene transfer, and in-vitro production of livestock embryos. His research helped to make major advances in the application of biotechnology to reproduction in farm animals possible, eliminating the need for brood cows in beef cattle breeding. His research focused on sperm and oocyte maturation, in vitro production of embryos, cloning of cattle, and methods for producing transgenic embryos.

Awards and honors

Neal L. First received several awards. He 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".[2] He was at the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison when he received the prize.

He was also a member of the National Academy of Science.[1]

Personal life

First died on November 20, 2014 from cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Neal L. First". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved June 12, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Neal L. First - Wolf Foundation". Wolf Foundation. Retrieved September 8, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "In memoriam: Neal L. First, pioneer in reproductive physiology". University of Wisconsin college of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Retrieved June 12, 2015 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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