By Jane Maienschein
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The MBL welcomes biologists from all over the country and from many foreign countries; one recent year brought representatives from over 325 American and nearly 75 foreign institutions. This rich diversity of scientists clearly goes beyond any self-conscious sense of unique national identity or externally imposed purpose. Rather, the MBL is a group of first-rate individual scientists, working in concert with their own goals. These goals converge on producing the best biological research possible, so that the underlying purpose is one of advancing science.
Besides it would take money to set up a school. He had enough trouble getting sufficient funds to keep his own Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard going in proper style. And where would such a school be? Giving a public lecture to generate support, he began to wonder out loud about the possibilities. As he appealed to the Massachusetts legislature for funds for the MCZ and for the summer school, it began to look as though a school might be possible, on Nantucket Island. The Anderson School at Penikese Then some of the ever-popular Louis Agassiz's concerns found their way into the New York newspapers, including the Times and Tribune.
Because the Cape's winters are moderated by the water, the area does not suffer much. Page 16 Old Main as it looked in 1892, set amidst the moraine which forms this part of Cape Cod. MBL Archives. The thick woods, protected by a series of agreements against wanton development in Woods Hole, provide a lovely place to take an evening's stroll - or to wish one could when the land is barricaded off as PRIVATE. Yet as Henry David Thoreau had pointed out with regret in his book Cape Cod, by the mid-nineteenth century the Cape had few forests any more.
100 years exploring life, 1888-1988: the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole by Jane Maienschein