Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Ira Rubinoff to Receive the Smithsonian’s Highest Honor


WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian Regents will present Ira Rubinoff, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, with the Institution’s highest honor. The Joseph Henry Medal will be presented to Rubinoff July 14 in the Smithsonian building (the “Castle”). Renowned for his scientific leadership, Rubinoff directly supervised the construction or modernization of every STRI facility during his tenure there, while building the staff from a handful to an international group of 35 scientists and 300 staff who also support approximately 1,000 visiting scientists and students each year. An endowment fund created by Rubinoff includes more than $17 million to support research and fellowships at STRI, augmenting the $20 million annual budget in federal and non-federal funds. As the first marine scientist at STRI, Rubinoff took advantage of the unique natural experiment that Panama provides through its geogra