Natural History Museum Director Fri Resigns

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Robert W. Fri, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, resigns his position, citing concerns over the new Smithsonian science plan created by Secretary Lawrence M. Small. Small has suggested that the "19th century" model of research done at the Natural History Museum should be dropped and the Institution should focus on a few priorities in science.


  • Fri, Robert W
  • Small, Lawrence M
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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Trescott, Jacqueline, "Smithsonian Museum Head Resigns Over Science Plans," The Washington Post, 5/30/2001.

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May 30, 2001


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