Smithsonian Institution Archives

G. B. Fairchild Oral History Interviews, 1989

1 results in SIA.FARU9559 for "Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Barro Colorado Island"
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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.
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