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The Canal Zone Biological Area is renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute indicating "how the activities and responsibilities of the bureau are increasing and becoming broader in scope." The change had been proposed in 1965 by Canal Zone Biological Area director Martin H. Moynihan. An official announcement was issued by Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley on April 18, 1966, formalizing the change in name.


  • Moynihan, M
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 125.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 8, 59, 163.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Office of the Secretary, Records, Box 56, Folder 4, and Box 57, Folder 1.

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April 18, 1966


  • Rain forest ecology
  • Name Changes
  • Reorganizations


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

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