Centennial Lecture I: History and Contributions of the Woods Hole Fisheries Laboratory

Edwards , Robert L. (1988) Centennial Lecture I: History and Contributions of the Woods Hole Fisheries Laboratory. Marine Fisheries Review, 50(4), pp. 13-17.

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Abstract

The genesis and the early history of the Woods Hole Laboratory (WHL), to a lesser extent the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and to some degree the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), were elegantly covered by Paul S. Galtsoff (1962) in his BCF Circular "The Story of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts." It covers the period from the beginning in 1871 to 1958. Galtsoffs more than 35-year career in the fishery service was spent almost entirely in Woods Hole. I will only briefly touch on that portion of the Laboratory's history covered by Galtsoff. Woods Hole, as a center of marine science, was conceived and implemented largely by one man, Spencer Fullerton Baird, at that time Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian and who was also instrumental in the establishment of the National Museum and Permanent Secretary of the newly established American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1871 as the first U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries. Fisheries research began here as early as 1871, but a permanent station did not exist until 1885.

Item Type: Article
Title: Centennial Lecture I: History and Contributions of the Woods Hole Fisheries Laboratory
Personal Creator/Author:
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Edwards , Robert L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 50
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 13-17
Date: 1988
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Education
Fisheries
Item ID: 9959
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 17:28
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 17:28
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9959

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