Hoffmann Appointed Director, NMNH

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It is announced that mammalogist Robert S. Hoffmann has been appointed director of the National Museum of Natural History. He assumes the duties of the director by mid-year, 1986. "The appointment ... marked the first time in the Smithsonian's history that the directorship of MNH has gone to a scientist from outside the institution." He serves until 1989, when he is appointed Assistant Secretary for Research.


  • Hoffmann, Robert S
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Assistant Secretary for Research


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Quotation is found in the "Torch," 12/1985, p. 1.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," June 1986, p. 6.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," December 1985, p. 1, 4.

Contact information

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


October 30, 1985


  • Appointments
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Mammalogists
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Museum directors
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


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