Smithsonian Institution Secretary, Charles Doolittle Walcott

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Kent State University Press, 2001 - 589 pàgines
Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927) is a highly respected figure in the history of geology and palcontology. Perhaps his most notable contribution to his field was his discovery of the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale, one of the most important fossil discoveries ever made, In addition to his distingulshed field work, Walcott's career included years of service as an administrative leader in the scientific community: as director of the U.S. Geological Survey, as secretary of the Smith-sonian Institute, as organizer of the National Space and Aeronautics Administration, as a founding member of the National Research Council, and as president of the National Academy of Sciences. Smithsonian Institution Secretary continues the story Ellis L. Yochelson began in Charles Doolittle Wolcott, Paleontologist (1998). Using Walcott's letters and journals and the recollections of friends and colleagues, Yochelson discusses Walcott's life and career as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As secretary, he worked thelessly to revitalize the dispirited organization, fighting for funding, recognition, and support from presidents, Congress, and the general public. During his tenure, the Institution
 

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Prologue
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The Kindly Years 19071910 Great Family Grand Fossils Good Fortune
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The Dreadful Years 19111913 It Is Always Darkest before It Becomes Pitch Black
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The Healing Years Last Half of 19131915 Not All Ups and Downs Are in the Canadian Rockies
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The Busy Years End of I915mid1917 Every Silver Lining Has Its Cloud
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The Frantic Years 19171919 The Notion of Giving a Job to a Busy Man to Ensure That It Is Done May Be a Good Idea but It Can Be Carried to Excess
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The Normalcy Years May 1919May 1921 Time Flies Like an Arrow but Fruit Flies Like a BananaOne Contribution to the Silly Season
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The Fretful Years 19211922 Major Problems Serious Concerns Minor Aggravations Plus Little Upsets
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The Stasis Years 19221923 Sometimes a March Is Two Steps Forward and Three Steps Back
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Up and Down Years 19241925 Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right but Two Wrights Did Make a Plane
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The Last Years 19251927 There Is An Old Saying That All Good Things Must Come to an End
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Epilogues
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Notes
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References
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Index
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Ellis Yochelson is past-president of the Paleontological Society and cofounder and past-president of the History of Earth Sciences Society. He is the author of The National Museum of Natural History: Seventy-Five Years in the Natural History Building and editor of the two-volume Proceedings of the North American Paleontological Convention.

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