William C. Boyd, Ph.D.

William C. Boyd

 Brief Bio

William Clouser Boyd (1903–1983) was the forty-third president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1959 to 1960. He spent his entire career at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he was appointed the school’s first professor of immunochemistry in 1948.

Boyd received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Boston University in 1930 and began his career as a research chemist (1930–1935) in the Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research of the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital (now the Boston Medical Center). In 1935, he became an assistant professor of biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine. After studying in Europe for two years, supported by Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships (1935–1936, 1937–1938), Boyd was made an associate professor of biochemistry at Boston University in 1938. He was appointed professor of immunochemistry in 1948 and held that position until his retirement in 1968, when he was named professor emeritus.

 AAI Service History

Joined: 1933
President: 1959–1960
Vice President: 1958–1959
Councillor: 1955–1958

The Journal of Immunology
Board of Editors: 1942
Associate Editor: 1943–1957
Editorial Board: 1957–1961

 President's Address

"The Specificity of the Nonspecific," Delivered April 12, 1960.

The Journal of Immunology 85, no. 3 (1960): 221–29.

 Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1949

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