Porter Kier Appointed Director, NMNH
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Invertebrate paleontologist Porter M. Kier is appointed director of the National Museum of Natural History. He succeeds Richard S. Cowan. Kier serves as director until May 30, 1979, when assistant director James Mello is appointed acting director.
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 5, p. 60.
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
January 14, 1973