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Smithsonian Institution

MUSEUM

Founded in 1846 by the bequest of English chemist James Smithson, a man who had never once stepped foot in the United States. Also operates the National Air and Space Museum.

Official Website:
http://www.si.edu/

Location:
Washington, DC

Founding Date:
1846

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Greeley Abbot
Astronomer
31-May-1872 17-Dec-1973 Solar energy
Dwayne Andreas
Business
4-Mar-1918   Archer Daniels Midland CEO, 1970-97
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
Alexander Dallas Bache
Physicist
19-Jul-1806 17-Feb-1867 First President, National Academy of Sciences
Spencer Fullerton Baird
Naturalist
3-Feb-1823 19-Aug-1887 History of North American Birds
James Baker
Government
28-Apr-1930   US Secretary of State, 1989-92
Barbara M. Barrett
Attorney
c. 1950   US Ambassador to Finland
Bill Bass
Scientist
30-Aug-1928   Human decomposition
Xavier Becerra
Politician
26-Jan-1958   Congressman, California 31st
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor
3-Mar-1847 2-Aug-1922 Inventor of the telephone
Afsaneh M. Beschloss
Business
c. 1956   The Rock Creek Group
Michael Beschloss
Historian
30-Nov-1955   The Conquerors
Lindy Boggs
Politician
13-Mar-1916   Congresswoman from Louisiana, 1973-91
Daniel Boorstin
Historian
1-Oct-1914 28-Feb-2004 The Creators
Eli Broad
Business
6-Jun-1933   Billionaire
Warren Burger
Judge
17-Sep-1907 25-Jun-1995 US Chief Justice, 1969-86
Sheila P. Burke
Administrator
c. 1951   COO of the Smithsonian Institution
Vannevar Bush
Scientist
11-Mar-1890 30-Jun-1974 Pre-internet visionary
Clarence Cannon
Politician
11-Apr-1879 12-May-1964 Congressman from Missouri, 1923-64
Leonard Carmichael
Educator
9-Nov-1898 16-Sep-1973 Smithsonian Chief, 1953-64
Henry Catto
Government
6-Dec-1930   US Ambassador to the UK, 1989-91
Paul L. Cejas
Business
1943   US Ambassador to Belgium, 1998-2001
G. Wayne Clough
Educator
c. 1942   Secretary of the Smithsonian
Thad Cochran
Politician
7-Dec-1937   US Senator from Mississippi
Arthur H. Compton
Physicist
10-Sep-1892 15-Mar-1962 Discovered the Compton Effect
Barber Conable
Politician
2-Nov-1922 30-Nov-2003 World Bank President, Congressman
Peter Coneway
Business
c. 1944   US Ambassador to Switzerland
Frederick G. Cottrell
Inventor
10-Jan-1877 16-Nov-1948 Smokestack filters to fight pollution
Clyde Cowan
Physicist
6-Dec-1919 24-May-1974 Co-Discover of the neutrino
Shelby M. Cullom
Politician
22-Nov-1829 28-Jan-1914 Governor and Senator from Illinois
Drew S. Days III
Government
1941   US Solicitor General, 1993-96
Lynn G. Dolnick
Naturalist
c. 1951   National Zoological Park
Stephen A. Douglas
Politician
23-Apr-1813 3-Jun-1861 US Senator, debated Lincoln
Ervin S. Duggan
Government
30-Jun-1939   CEO of PBS, 1994-99
Archie W. Dunham
Business
1938   CEO of Conoco, 1996-2002
James C. Early
Activist
12-Jan-1947   Smithsonian Institution
James Pollard Espy
Scientist
9-May-1785 24-Jan-1860 The Philosophy of Storms
Cornelius Felton
Scholar
6-Nov-1807 26-Feb-1862 Classical scholar of Greek
Bill Frist
Politician
22-Feb-1952   US Senate Majority Leader, 2003-07
Phillip Frost
Business
c. 1935   Founder of IVAX Corporation
Melville W. Fuller
Judge
11-Feb-1833 4-Jul-1910 US Chief Justice, 1888-1910
Murray Gell-Mann
Physicist
15-Sep-1929   Quarks and strangeness
Robert Goddard
Scientist
5-Oct-1882 10-Aug-1945 Father of modern rocketry
Robert F. Goheen
Educator
15-Aug-1919 31-Mar-2008 President of Princeton University, 1957-72
Stephen Jay Gould
Biologist
10-Sep-1941 20-May-2002 Evolutionary scientist
Hanna Holborn Gray
Educator
25-Oct-1930   President, University of Chicago, 1978-93
James M. Guyette
Business
c. 1945   CEO of Rolls-Royce North America
Hannibal Hamlin
Politician
27-Aug-1809 4-Jul-1891 Lincoln's first Vice President
Robert Hare
Chemist
17-Jan-1781 15-May-1858 Hydrostatic blow-pipe and spiritoscope
Mickey Hart
Drummer
11-Sep-1943   Drummer for Grateful Dead
Joseph Henry
Physicist
17-Dec-1797 13-May-1878 Discovered electromagnetic induction
Ira Michael Heyman
Educator
30-May-1930 19-Nov-2011 Chancellor of UC Berkeley, 1980-90
J. Tomilson Hill
Business
c. 1948   Vice Chairman of Blackstone Group
George F. Hoar
Politician
29-Aug-1826 30-Sep-1904 US Senator from Massachusetts, 1877-1904
Roald Hoffmann
Chemist
18-Jul-1937   Woodward-Hoffmann reaction
William Temple Hornaday
Activist
1-Dec-1854 6-Mar-1937 Defender of the American bison
George M. Humphrey
Government
8-Mar-1890 20-Jan-1970 US Secretary of the Treasury, 1953-57
Herbert E. Ives
Physicist
21-Jul-1882 13-Nov-1953 Facsimile machine
Shirley A. Jackson
Physicist
5-Aug-1946   NRC Chairman, 1995-99
Richard D. Kinder
Business
c. 1944   Chairman of Kinder Morgan Energy
Marie L. Knowles
Business
c. 1947   CFO of ARCO, 1996-2000
Claudia Kotchka
Business
11-Jul-1951   Retired Procter & Gamble executive
Philip Lader
Government
1946   US Ambassador to the UK, 1997-2001
Samuel P. Langley
Astronomer
22-Aug-1834 2-Feb-1906 Heavier-than-air flying machine
Charles T. Manatt
Attorney
9-Jun-1936 22-Jul-2011 DNC Chairman, 1981-85
Howard P. Milstein
Business
c. 1951   Chairman of Emigrant Bank
Steven T. Mnuchin
Business
c. 1963   Dune Capital Management
Homer A. Neal
Physicist
13-Jun-1942   Director of the ATLAS Project
Constance Berry Newman
Government
8-Jul-1935   US Asst. Secy. of State for Africa, 2004-05
Richard Olney
Government
15-Sep-1835 8-Apr-1917 US Secretary of State, 1895-97
Mary M. Ourisman
Diplomat
Feb-1946   US Ambassador to Barbados
James R. Patton, Jr.
Attorney
27-Oct-1928   Founder, Patton Boggs
John Wesley Powell
Geologist
24-Mar-1834 23-Sep-1902 Exploration of the Colorado River
Ralph Regula
Politician
3-Dec-1924   Congressman from Ohio, 1973-2009
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Judge
27-Jan-1955   US Chief Justice
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
Business
10-Dec-1944   CEO of WETA Public Broadcasting
Wilbur Ross
Business
28-Nov-1937   Private equity, W. L. Ross & Co.
Roger W. Sant
Business
c. 1930   Billionaire, AES
Jim Sasser
Politician
30-Sep-1936   US Senator from Tennessee, 1977-95
Richard T. Schlosberg III
Publisher
c. 1943   Publisher of LA Times, 1994-97
Brian P. Schmidt
Astronomer
24-Feb-1967   Accelerating universe
Lawrence M. Small
Government
14-Sep-1941   Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, 2000-07
A. W. "Pete" Smith
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Watson Wyatt Worldwide, 1993-99
James Smithson
Chemist
1765 27-Jun-1829 Chemist, funded the Smithsonian Institution
John W. Snyder
Government
21-Jun-1895 8-Oct-1985 US Secretary of the Treasury, 1946-53
Alan Spoon
Business
c. 1951   President of Washington Post Co., 1991-2000
Harlan Fiske Stone
Judge
11-Oct-1872 22-Apr-1946 US Supreme Court Justice, 1925-46
Patty Stonesifer
Business
1956   Co-Chair of Gates Foundation
H. Patrick Swygert
Educator
17-Mar-1943   President of Howard University, 1995-2008
Mary Ann Tighe
Business
1948   Tri-State CEO, CB Richard Ellis
James Van Allen
Astronomer
7-Sep-1914 9-Aug-2006 Discovered the Van Allen Belt
Sarah Vowell
Radio Personality
27-Dec-1969   This American Life
Anthony Welters
Business
c. 1955   AmeriChoice
Wesley S. Williams, Jr.
Attorney
13-Nov-1942   Former Partner, Covington & Burling
James Woolsey
Government
21-Sep-1941   CIA Director, 1993-95
Daniel W. Yohannes
Philanthropist
Sep-1952   CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation


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