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Institute of Ecology records, George Sprugel interview

Institute of Ecology records, George Sprugel interview

Descriptive Summary

Title: Institute of Ecology records, George Sprugel interview
Creator: Sprugel, George
Inclusive Dates: 1985 March 11
Language: English
Extent: 1 interview(s) (22.0 minutes)
Collection Number: UA97-066_0014-1
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

George Sprugel was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 26, 1919, before his family to Williams, a small farming community in central Iowa, where young George first learned to appreciate nature. He matriculated at Waldorf Junior College in Forest City Iowa, obtaining the A.A. degree in 1939, before entering Iowa State University at Ames the next year, where he was called to active duty in the U.S. Navy. After his return from the war, he returned to Iowa State University, where he obtained Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in zoology and entomology between 1946 and 1950. He was then called to active duty in the Navy again for the Korean War, in which he was appointed as the Acting Head of the Biology Branch of the Office of Naval Research in Washington, with the rank of Captain. Sprugel then served in many positions in a number of important advisory capacities, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Commerce, American Institute of Biological Sciences, National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Academy of Sciences.

Scope and Content

George Sprugel 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, George Sprugel interview, har-ua97-066-0014-1, 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
Oral histories (document genres)
Sprugel, George

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, George Sprugel interview, 1985 March 11 Access Online