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Institute of Ecology records, Eugene Odum interview

Institute of Ecology records, Eugene Odum interview

Descriptive Summary

Title: Institute of Ecology records, Eugene Odum interview
Creator: Odum, Eugene Pleasants, 1913-2002
Inclusive Dates: 1984 December 5
Language: English
Extent: 1 interview(s) (47.0 minutes)
Collection Number: UA97-066_0008-2
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dr. Eugene Pleasants Odum was born September 17, 1913 at Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, where his family vacationed to escape the summer heat of the South. Odum spent most of his childhood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and took an early interest in natural history. His father, Howard W. Odum was a well-known sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his brother, Howard T. Odum became a fellow ecologist, studying under G. Evelyn Hutchinson at Yale University. Eugene was most memorable for his contributions in elevating ecology from a sub-discipline of biology to the integrative science that it is today. He perceived that ecology had great potential for linking the natural and social sciences. He spent most of his career at the University of Georgia, and was primarily responsible for the establishment of the Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and the Institute of Ecology.

Scope and Content

Eugene Odum discusses the Institute of Ecology, including its origins, its approaches to research, its relationship with colleges and universities, its structural and funding challenges, and its demise.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Institute of Ecology records, Eugene Odum interview, har-ua97-066_0008-2, University of Georgia Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Conditions Governing Use

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use).

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Ecological Society of America
Institute of Ecology
Odum, Eugene Pleasants, 1913-2002
Oral histories (document genres)
The Nature Conservancy

Related Collections in this Repository

Institute of Ecology records, UA07-066 and the Ecological Society of America records, UA97-061

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Institute of Ecology records, Eugene Odum interview, 1984 December 5 Access Online