A History of the First Half-Century of the National Academy of Sciences, 1863-1913

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Details the early history of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), including its early ties to the Smithsonian Institution, with Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry serving as its first president, and the hosting of the NAS at the Smithsonian in its early years.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
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  • Scientific Lazzaroni


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Number of pages: 399, Page numbers : 1-399

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