Edward P. Henderson

ID: SIA2009-1231

Creator: Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-

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Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

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Summary

  • Edward P. Henderson (1898-1992), Curator of Meteorites, National Museum of Natural History, is holding a meteorite in his right hand as he enters data into a scanning machine. Other scientific equipment is visible.
  • Henderson joined the Smithsonian in 1929 as a chemist in the Geology Department of the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, and upon the death George P. Merrill, head curator of the Geology Department, inherited the curation of the meteorite collection. He greatly expanded the Smithsonian's collection of meteorites during his tenure. He travelled extensively and his field work took him to Europe, Africa, the Soviet Union, the Philippines and Australia. In 1947 General Douglas MacArthur asked him to go to Japan to sort and appraise a vast cache of gemstones recovered in Tokyo by the U.S. Army.

Subject

  • Henderson, Edward Porter
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Geology
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Geology
  • Natural History Building
  • United States National Museum

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

For additional photos of Henderson examining meteorites, see Negatives SIA2013-03962, SIA2013-03963, and SIA2013-03964.,

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-13, Box 1, Folder A -Kier

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1975

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Topic

  • Meteorites
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Mineralogy
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

ID Number

SIA2009-1231

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color transparency; Size: 1.5w x 1h; Type of Image: Person; Medium: Photographic print

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