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Philip M. Smith, former Polar Programs deputy director and advocate for U.S. International Polar Year involvement, dies at 81

Posted Mar 31 2014 12:00pm

Phil Smith  on a visit to Antarctica with rocketry pioneer Wernher von Braun.

Philip M. Smith, a pioneering polar researcher and former deputy director of what was, at the time, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), died on Feb. 16. The New Mexico resident was 81.

Smith, who came to NSF in 1958, began his association with U.S. National Programs in Polar Regions in 1955. While in the U.S. Army, he spent a year in Greenland and, during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), he developed a tractor traverse between ...

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