The Smithsonian Goes to War: The Increase and Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in the Pacific

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Describes the role of the Smithsonian Institution in providing expert information to the United States government on unknown areas of the Pacific during the early days of World War II, in providing a home institution for the Ethnogeographic Board, in creating collecting and observing networks among soldiers as the war drew to a close, and in conducting biological surveys before and after atomic testing in the Pacific.


Ethnogeographic Board


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Science and the Pacific War: Science and Survival in the Pacific, 1939-1945 (Book)

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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing


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