Natures Narrators: The 2017-18 John H. Ostrom Program Series

The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, & Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution

With Roger D. Stone

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Yale Peabody Museum

Free admission

Reception & book signing to follow


For 18 years ornithologist Sidney Dillon Ripley served as zoology professor at Yale and bird curator at the Peabody Museum, where he also served as director. For the energetic Ripley, his administrative work was chief among myriad achievements as a scientist, nature conservationist, teacher, humanist, museum activist, international affairs practitioner, gifted fundraiser, and waterfowl breeder.  Ripley set standards and goals for cultural and scientific institutions that current leaders and observers, half a century later, continue to admire. Stone’s talk summarizes this gifted leader’s accomplishments and vivid adventures, and underscores the importance of his charmed life and multiple skills.