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Sidney Dillon Ripley

ornithologist and 8th Secretary of the Smithsonian

1913   -   2001

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University
occupation: ornithologist, zoologist
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, Padma Bhushan in science & engineering, Commander of the Order of the Sun of Peru‎, Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit
position held: Secretary of the Smithsonian

Sidney Dillon Ripley II (September 20, 1913 – March 12, 2001) was an American ornithologist and wildlife conservationist. He served as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution for 20 years, from 1964 to 1984, leading the institution through its period of greatest growth and expansion. For his leadership at the Smithsonian, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985.
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