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The Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is formed as a joint venture between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. The center is devoted to research into the basic processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe. George B. Field, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, is named director.


  • Field, George B. 1929-
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch, 5/1981, p. 2
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1974, p. 124
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

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July 1, 1973


  • Astrophysics
  • New Programs
  • Astronomy

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