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How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World

David C. Coleman

in Big Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264755
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264755.003.0002
How the International Biological Program Swept the Scientific World

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The International Biological Program (IBP) was the most thriving scientific program of its kind in the 1970s. This success was measured by the number of graduate students and postdoctorals who went on to lead large research groups around the world. Ecologists and environmental scientist in Europe proposed an international program on the environment, which they called the International Biological Programme. The program addressed all aspects of biological productivity in relation to human welfare. It was the wide area of subject matter coverage that enticed the leading British developmental biologist C. H. Waddington to throw his support behind this nascent program. Numerous governmental agencies in Europe provided funding for studies that began from 1963 onward, with Canada and other Commonwealth countries following soon after. The research results from numerous IBP programs and sites are still referred to today.

Keywords: International Biological Program; postdoctorals; scientist; C. H. Waddington; Canada; Commonwealth

Chapter.  22533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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