Dr. Leonard P. Schultz's Log of Operation Crossroads

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Cover of Dr. Leonard P. Schultz's Log of Operation Crossroads. The cover reads "Log of Crossroads Project by Dr. Leonard P. Schultz Curator of Fishes U.S. National Museum."


  • Schultz, Leonard P (Leonard Peter) 1901-
  • United States Navy


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  • Leonard Peter Schultz, Ichthyologist and Field Naturalist, served as National Museum of Natural History's assistant curator of fishes from 1936 to 1938, when he was named curator-in-charge of the Division of Fishes, a position he held until 1965.
  • The Crossroads Operation was an expedition to Bikini and the northern Marshall Islands in 1946 under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Schultz was in charge of the biological investigation of the reef fishes in the area. His investigations centered on the relative abundance of fauna before and after the atom bomb tests. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island fish populations.

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Reef ecology
  • Atomic bomb
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Fishes
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Ichthyology
  • Museums
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Museums--Employees
  • Museum curators


  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Book Cover
  • Document
  • Paper

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 5.25w x 8h; Type of Image: Document; Book Cover; Medium: Paper

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