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Ira Rubinoff (1938- ) received his B.S. from Queens College in 1959. He continued his education at Harvard University, receiving his A.M. in 1961 and Ph.D. in biology in 1963. In 1964, Rubinoff became Biologist and Assistant Director of marine biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) where he conducted research on the evolution of fishes. The Barro Colorado Island Research Station (BCI), in the Panama Canal Zone, was a tropical biology field station established in 1923 and run by a consortium of universities and government agencies. This Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA), was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1946 and was renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1966. Rubinoff became the Assistant Director for Science at STRI in 1970, and in 1973 he assumed the Directorship until 2008. Rubinoff also held many concurrent positions: member of the science advisory board for the Gorgas Memorial Institute, 1964- ; Chairman for the board of fellowships and grants of the Smithsonian Institution, 1978-1979; and member of the board of directors for the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, 1977- .
(1) Description in control file; (2) name index to transcript.
These interviews by Pamela M. Henson cover Rubinoff's education, how he came to STRI, establishment of the marine biology program at STRI, master planning for the island, reminiscences of STRI staff and influential visitors, development of an international mission status for STRI, his role as STRI director, and Acting Undersecretary for Science, and the situation in Panama during the United States invasion in 1990.
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