GLENN WADE SALISBURY

June 2, 1910–February 3, 1994

BY ROBERT H. FOOTE


EARLY IN HIS CAREER Glenn Salisbury became the foremost researcher in the world in testing ideas and applying results that revolutionized the breeding of dairy cattle through the development of sound principles and procedures for artificial insemination with semen from genetically superior sires. This has become the most powerful biotechnology used worldwide for the improvement of cattle. The guiding principles exemplified by Salisbury were good basic research, integrity, and superior accomplishment. He expounded on these in a superb mimeograph, An Approach to the Scientific Solution of Problems in Biology, in 1948. These principles were passed on to students and others through example and active mentoring by Salisbury. Only the best in any endeavor was acceptable for his own efforts as well as those of his colleagues.

His exemplary leadership, as head of the Dairy Department at the University of Illinois, resulted in a department that rose in 20 years from near the bottom of the list of published research by agricultural experiment stations to near the top. He instilled in his associates the importance of reflecting on the moral aspects of their research, and the social and economic consequences nationally and inter-



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