Smith, Neal Griffith, 1937-

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Biographical History

Neal G. Smith (1937- 2012), an ornithologist and tropical biologist, received his B.A. from St. John's University in 1958, his M.A. in 1961, and Ph.D. in 1963 from Cornell University. He developed an interest in natural history in his youth and was encouraged as a volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) working under Eugene Eisenmann. Smith joined the staff of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) immediately after graduation and began a long-term research program on the evolutionary biology of birds and insects.


Finding aid for SIA RU009584, Oral history interview with Neal Griffith Smith 1990. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved December 9, 2016 from

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