The Division of Radiation and Organisms becomes the Smithsonian Radiation Biology Laboratory, which has independent status within the Smithsonian Institution (separate from the Astrophysical Observatory) and whose director reports to the Secretary through the Assistant Secretary for Science. The Laboratory is headed by Dr. William H. Klein, with assistant Dr. Walter Shropshire, and is located in west end of the basement of the Smithsonian Institution Building.


  • Klein, William H
  • Shropshire, Walter
  • Division of Radiation and Organisms


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," March 1965, p. 1, 3.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 123.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1965. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1965, p. 353.

Contact information

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


February 16, 1965


  • Radiation Biology Laboratory
  • Radiation

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