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The article highlights every major contribution to and advancement in science that the Smithsonian made during Secretary S. Dillon Ripley's term in office. Such achievements mentioned are the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Multiple Mirror Telescope, the Smithsonian Institution Marine Station, and the Research and Conservation Center. The article also discusses Ripley's impact as a climate and era of change, as reaching out to popular museums, as effecting home and abroad, and as Ripley's solid belief in supporting research.


Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001


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Good indepth view of Ripley and Science

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The Torch (Newspaper)

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


February 1984


  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Science
  • Successful people
  • Retirement

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A Sepcial Supplement to the Smithsonian Torch, pp. S1, S5

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