Scientists on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

ID: 92-11701

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1947

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 24

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Gathered on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, are scientists who were sent to resurvey the region to determine the impact of the atomic bomb tests of 1946. J.I. Tracy, Geologist with the USGS, is in the front row, fourth from the left. Leonard Peter Schultz, ichthyologist at the National Museum of Natural History, is sitting in the front row, third from the left. Second from the left in the front row is likely A.C. Cole, professor of zoology and entomology, University of Tennessee and Joseph P.E. Morrison, invertebrate zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History, is likely in the front row, far left.


  • Schultz, Leonard P (Leonard Peter) 1901-
  • Morrison, Joseph


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  • Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini Atoll and the northern Marshall islands iunder the auspices of the Department of the Navy. Dr. Leonard P. Schultz, Curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, was in charge of the biological investigation of the reef fishes in the area. His investigations centered on the relative abundance of fauna before and after atom bomb tests. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island fish populations.
  • In 1947 scientists returned to resurvey the region to determine the impact of the atomic tests.
  • See Neg. #s for Operation Crossroads 1947: 92-11701, SIA2010-0924, SIA2010-0925, SIA2010-0927, SIA2010-0928, SIA2010-0929, SIA2010-0964, SIA2010-0965, SIA2010-0966, SIA2010-0967, SIA2010-0968, SIA2010-0969, SIA2010-0970, SIA2010-0971, SIA2010-0972, SIA2010-0975

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Ichthyology
  • Employees
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Collecting and collections
  • Scientists
  • Invertebrate Zoologists
  • Testing
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Marshall Islands
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 4.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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