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Oral history interview with Charles F. Bennett, Jr., and Carole Ann Bennett, 1975

Oral history interview with Charles F. Bennett, Jr., and Carole Ann Bennett, 1975
Charles F. Bennett, Jr., (1926- ) received his B.A. in 1955 and Ph.D. in geography in 1960 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 1959 began his teaching career there. Charles and his wife, Carole Ann Bennett, first visited Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in 1952. The Barro Colorado Island Research Station, in the Panama Canal Zone, was a tropical biology field station established in 1923 and run by a consortium of universities and government agencies. Called the Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA), it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1946 and was renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in 1966. The Bennetts returned in 1959 and 1961 and remained until 1964. During this time, they assisted the director, Martin Humphrey Moynihan, in organizing and cataloging the BCI library as well as collecting microclimatological data. Charles Bennett returned in 1965 to further study the evolution of neotropical forests. In 1966, Charles Bennett became an honorary Research Associate of STRI, providing advice and assistance in developing research projects and programs for the Institute.
This interview of Charles and Carole Ann Bennett by Ira Rubinoff, Director of STRI, covers their first visit to BCI; how the station has changed; different directors' visions for the station, especially Martin Humphrey Moynihan; and STRI's outlook for the future.
Botany, Tropical biology
Bennett, Charles F, Moynihan, M, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Barro Colorado Island, Canal Zone Biological Area Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Canal Zone Biological Area Barro Colorado Island, United States Canal Zone Biological Area, Barro Colorado Island, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Interviews, Collection descriptions, Audiotapes, Oral history
Local Number:
SIA RU009563
Physical Description:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies)
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