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The Division of Radiation and Organisms becomes a branch of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and receives a Congressional appropriation for the support of its researches. The Division was originally founded in 1929. The work of the Division comes under three headings: Photosynthesis, plant growth and radiation, and development of apparatus and methods.


  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Division of Radiation and Organisms
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1942. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 9.

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


July 1, 1941


  • Radiation Biology Laboratory
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Biophysics
  • Plants
  • Solar radiation
  • Botany

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