Center for Study of Short-Lived Phenomena Established

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The Center for the Study of Short-Lived Phenomena is established under the direction of Robert A. Citron. Its function is to study rare or infrequent natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, meteorite falls, the birth of new islands, and other sudden changes in biological and ecological systems. The Administrative Office is located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.


  • Citron, Robert A
  • Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 121.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1968. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 263.

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


January 1, 1968


  • Astrophysics
  • Meteorites
  • Geology
  • New Programs
  • Volcanism
  • Astronomy

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