Dr. Robert Hiatt Holding a Coconut Crab

ID: SIA2010-0924 and Neg. #92-11705


Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: August 1947

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 24, Folder: 1

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On the 1947 Operation Crossroads resurvey, Dr. Robert Hiatt of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service holds a coconut crab. Behind him is the beach of Nanu Island, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.


  • Hiatt, Robert
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini Atoll and the northern Marshall islands under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Smithsonian and other scientists collected specimens before the atom bomb tests in 1946. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island populations.
  • In 1947 scientists returned to resurvey the region to determine the impact of the atomic tests.
  • See Neg. #s for Operation Crossroads 1947: 92-11701, SIA2010-0924, SIA2010-0925, SIA2010-0927, SIA2010-0928, SIA2010-0929, SIA2010-0964, SIA2010-0965, SIA2010-0966, SIA2010-0967, SIA2010-0968, SIA2010-0969, SIA2010-0970, SIA2010-0971, SIA2010-0972

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 24, Folder: 1

Contact information

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


August 1947

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  • Nuclear weapons
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Oceans
  • Crabs
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Beaches
  • Testing
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Oceanography


  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Nanu Island, Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands


  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2010-0924 and Neg. #92-11705

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 6w x 4h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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