Smithsonian Institution Archives

G. B. Fairchild Oral History Interviews, 1989

1 results in SIA.FARU9559 for "Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Barro Colorado Island"
Covers his education and career as an entomologist, focusing on his experiences in Panama and his work with other scientists affiliated with BCI, c. 1921-1989, including: Early influence of his father, David Fairchild; first trip to the tropics, 1921; early trip to BCI with his father, 1924; reminiscences of BCI and its establishment and funding, especially concerning William Morton Wheeler, Thomas Barbour, Allison Vincent Armour, and Barbour Lathrop; Fairchild's early interest in entomology; his education, including his work at Harvard with Joseph Charles Bequaert; work with the Rockefeller Foundation in the Yellow Fever Commission run by Cleveland C. Soper; his education at Harvard, including his studies with Charles Thomas Brues, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, William Henry Weston, and William Morton Wheeler; reminiscences of William Morton Wheeler and Thomas Barbour; work at the MCZ; "Eateria" get-togethers held by Thomas Barbour; friendship between his parents, the Wheelers, the Barbours, and Frank M. Chapman; establishment of Gorgas Memorial Laboratory by group from the American College of Physicians and Surgeons and early fundraising; early history of Gorgas with descriptions of Herbert C. Clarke and Lawrence H. Dunn; work at Gorgas and description of staff, especially Daniel M. Jobbins, Lloyd E. Rozeboom, and W. H. W. Komp; work with insect disease vectors; the scientific community in Panama, especially interaction with BCI, Canal Zone health authorities, and U.S. Army; training of Panamanians in natural history; reminiscences of James Zetek, including personality traits, interactions with other scientists, and management of BCI; discussion of mosquito control in the early days of the Canal Zone and cooperation with the U.S. Army; two versions of the establishment of BCI; changes at BCI in 1960s under Martin Humphrey Moynihan; scientists at BCI; and the Smithsonian development of the BCI research station.