Barro Colorado Island Station Opens

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The Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory officially opens. More than thirty scientists from the United States work at the island laboratory during its first year of operation. The laboratory will later come under Smithsonian Institution aegis as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Hagen, Joel B. Problems in the Institutionalization of Tropical Biology: The Case of the Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory. History and Philosophy of Life Science, 12 (1990), 225-247, p. 230.

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


March 29, 1924


  • Rain forest ecology
  • New Bureaus


  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

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