The View From the Castle: For a scientist who turned administrator salvation lies in continuing work in his laboratory, and memories of damp nights

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley defends his position from a former "The View From the Castle" comment essay. Ripley claimed that scientists must abandon the illusion that they are experts if they want to be effective in government positions (See Smithsonian magazine, November 1972). Ripley concludes his essay explaining how he, a scientist in an administrator's position, maintains his integrity by pursuing scientific work separate from his administrative work.


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In this essay, Ripley gives a good, personal perspective of his work, as an administrator and a scientist.

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Smithsonian Vol. 3, no. 11 (Journal)

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


February 1973


  • Political science
  • Laboratories
  • Government
  • Castle View
  • Science
  • Scientists
  • Government policy
  • Science and state

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