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Clyde Stormont
United States
Dr. Clyde Stormont was the founder and a noted authority on horse blood typing. His research created the foundation for blood typing research, and he developed a method for establishing parentage verification that guarantees the integrity of horse breed studbooks.
Inducted December 1990.

As a geneticist, Dr. Clyde Stormont worked to identify the genetic markers in the blood of animals which allow the verification of parentage, and is known as the founder of horse blood typing. Dr. Stormont was also the primary developer of equine blood typing. His research revolutionized the identification of racehorses and was adopted by The Jockey Club in the late 1970s, guaranteeing the integrity of the studbooks and protecting breeders, owners and the sporting public. Shortly thereafter, other breed associations adopted blood typing programs to ensure the integrity of their registries.

Dr. Stormont was born in 1916 in Viola, Wisconsin. He earned a B.S. degree in zoology in 1938 and a Ph.D. degree in genetics at the University of Wisconsin in 1947. (His doctoral work on blood groups in cattle was a research landmark.) He was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin and a Fulbright-Hayes Fellow in New Zealand before joining the faculty at the newly-formed School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1950. Between that time and his retirement in 1982, Dr. Stormont conducted genetic research on several species in addition to horses. He established and was both chairman and director of Stormont Laboratories, Inc., Woodland, California.

In addition to his work on parentage verification blood typing, Dr. Stormont and his colleagues pinpointed the blood group markings responsible for hemolytic disease in newborn foals, and they devised a reliable test to identify mares at risk of producing such foals.

Dr. Stormont won many awards for his work, including the Louis Pasteur Medallion from the Pasteur Institute in Paris for his contributions to knowledge of animal blood groups, a Scripps Fellowship from the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Director’s Award from the Arabian Horse Registry of America for “valuable contribution to the horse industry through the development of equine blood typing.” Dr. Stormont’s many professional affiliations included: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Immunologists, American Society of Human Genetics, American Bison Association, Genetics Society of America, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the U.S. Animal Health Association.

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