Dr. G. M. Smith Examining Plant Specimens

ID: SIA2010-0926 and Neg. # 5034-6


Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: 1947

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

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Dr. G. M. Smith examines plant specimens in the biology laboratory set up on a northern Marshall Island in the Pacific Ocean. He is seated at a table in a covered building which is surrounded by tropical foliage. On the table are two microscopes, a helmet, and other items.


Smith, G. M


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  • Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini Atoll and the northern Marshall Islands in 1946 under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Smithsonian and other scientists collected specimens before and after atom bomb tests. 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

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

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



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  • Forests and Forestry
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Laboratories
  • Plants
  • Headgear
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Optical instruments
  • Botany
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Specimens
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Scientists
  • Microscopes
  • Tropics
  • Testing
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Botanists
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Tropical forest


  • Marshall Islands
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)


  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2010-0926 and Neg. # 5034-6

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4w x 5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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