Indira Gandhi Receives First Medal for Conservation

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The Smithsonian Institution's first Medal for Conservation is awarded posthumously to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a New Delhi ceremony. Secretary Emeritus Ripley presented the award to her son, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The medal is presented in recognition of outstanding service to zoological science and conservation.


  • Gandhi, Indira 1917-1984
  • Gandhi, Rajiv
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Medal for Conservation


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," April 1986, p. 2.

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January, 1986


  • Honor
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  • Firsts
  • Zoology
  • Nature conservation



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