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Bicentennial of the Birth of James Smithson Celebration

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Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-  Search this
Smithson, James 1765-1829  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Bruner, Jerome S (Jerome Seymour)  Search this
Butterfield, Herbert Sir 1900-  Search this
Clark, Kenneth 1903-  Search this
Cowan, Ian McTaggart 1910-  Search this
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (George Evelyn) 1903-  Search this
Koestler, Arthur 1905-  Search this
Lévi-Strauss, Claude  Search this
Mumford, Lewis 1895-  Search this
Oppenheimer, J. Robert 1904-1967  Search this
Toulmin, Stephen Edelston  Search this
Warren, Earl 1891-1974  Search this
Adams, Thomas Boylston  Search this
James Smithson Medal  Search this
James Smithson Bicentennial Celebration 1965  Search this
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Knowledge Among Men (Publication)  Search this
United States Marine Corps  Search this
Hodgkins Fund and Medal  Search this
September 16, 17, 18, 1965
Chronology of Smithsonian History
The date of James Smithson's birth has been calculated to be 1765, but there are no known records of his date or place of birth.
Paul H. Oehser, editor, Knowledge Among Men: Eleven Essays on Science, Culture, and Society Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of James Smithson, Washington, D.C.: Simon and Schuster in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, 1966.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 142, Records of the Smithson Bicentennial, Office of the Secretary, 1964-1966.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of James Smithson, the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, Secretary S. Dillon Ripley organized a three day celebration and symposium with scholars from around the world. The event included an academic procession, addresses by Chief Justice Earl Warren and Thomas Boylston Adams, concerts and a parade by the United States Marine Corps, a banquet, presentation of the Hodgkins Medal and Smithson Medal, and lectures by distinguished scholars. The James Smithson Medal was newly created to honor those who made a substantial contribution to Smithson's institution. New flags were designed for each Smithsonian museums and research center.
A book, "Knowledge Among Men: Eleven Essays on Science, Culture, and Society Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of James Smithson," was published in 1966 from the symposium. It contained essays by Jerome S. Bruner, Herbert Butterfield, Sir Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Ian McTaggart Cowan, G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Arthur Koestler, Claude Levi-Strauss, Lewis Mumford, Robert Oppenheimer, Stephen E. Toulmin, and Fred L. Whipple.
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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
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