Graham Bell Fairchild

ID: SIA2011-1338 and 92-12932

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1960s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9559, Graham Bell Fairchild Oral History Interview

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Graham Bell Fairchild (1906-1994) is at work in a laboratory. A microscope sits in front of him on a table. He was introduced to tropical biology in his youth when he visited the Barro Colorado Island (BCI) research station of the Canal Zone Biological Area with his father, David Grandison Fairchild. Fairchild began his career as an entomologist stationed in Brazil for the Yellow Fever Service of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1935 to 1937. He was an entomologist at the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama City, Panama, from 1938 to 1971, serving as Assistant Director from 1958 to 1971. At Gorgas, his research focused on the taxonomy of medically important insects, especially Tabanidae and Psychodidae. During his years in Panama, he observed the development of the Barro Colorado Island (BCI) research station, first as a small university consortium, and then under Smithsonian aegis as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


  • Gorgas Memorial Laboratory
  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


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Photograph included in the transcript of Graham Bell Fairchild Interview by Joel B. Hagen, June 7, 1989, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9559, Graham Bell Fairchild Oral History Interview

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1960s

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  • Fairchild, Graham Bell
  • Entomology
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Specimens
  • Entomologists
  • Tropical Biology
  • Microscopes
  • Research




  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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SIA2011-1338 and 92-12932

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 9.5w x 7.25h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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