Harry Hyde Laidlaw, considered the "father of honey bee genetics," was a professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology
from 1947-1974. He was best known for developing artificial insemination technology for honey bees and his contributions enabled
selective breeding of honey bees and the fundamental study of insect genetics. His papers contain correspondence, writings,
research materials, course materials, and photographs.
Harry Hyde Laidlaw (April 12, 1907-September 19, 2003) was born in Houston and spent his late boyhood and teen years in Virginia,
Florida and Louisiana. His keen interest in bee breeding started in childhood and he began working as a beekeeper with his
grandfather, Charles Quinn. Together they experimented with mating queen bees and control breeding.
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