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Today in Smithsonian History: January 21, 1984

Ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams in 1984. (Photo by Richard Hoffmeister, as featured in the Torch, October 1993)

Ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams in 1984. (Photo by Richard Hoffmeister, as featured in the Torch, October 1993)

January 21, 1984 Robert McCormick Adams is named the ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian and assumes the post on Sept. 17, 1984. In his scholarly work and 27 years of field research, Dr. Adams focused principally on the agricultural and urban history of the Near and Middle East and the geographical and archaeological study of settlement patterns. He served as Provost of the University of Chicago from 1982 until 1984.


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