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Ira Rubinoff

biologist , conservationist , researcher

Ira Rubinoff, American biologist, researcher, conservationist. Awarded Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa of Republic of Panama, Secretaries Gold medal, 2008, Joseph Henry medal Smithsonion Institute, 2010. Board Regents, 2009.


Rubinoff, Ira was born on December 21, 1938 in New York City. Son of Jacob and Bessie (Rose) Rubinoff.


Bachelor of Science, Queens College, 1959. A.M., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963.


Biologist, assistant director marine biology Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, 1964—1970, assistant director science, 1970—1973, director, 1973—2008, director emeritus and senior staff scientist, since 2008. Associate in ichthyology Harvard University, since 1965. Courtesy professor Florida State University, Tallahassee, since 1976.

Member science advisory board Gorgas Memorial Institute, 1964-1988. Trustee Rare Animal Relief Effort, 1976-1985. Board directors Charles Darwin Foundation for Galapagos Islands, since 1977.

Chairman board fellowships and grants Smithsonian Institute, 1978-1979, acting under secretary science, 2007-2008. Visiting fellow Wolfson College, Oxford University, England, 1980-1981. Visiting scientist Museum Comparative Biology-Harvard University, 1987-1988.

Deputy director United States National Museum Natural History, 2001-2002.


  • Author Strategy for Preservation of Moist Tropical Forests. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Vice chairman board directors Panama Canal College, 1989-1993. Board directors International School Panama, 1983-1985, 90-93, Fundacion Natura, secretary, board directors, since 1991. Board directors Ancon Panama, 1985-1997, Earthwatch, 1995-1997, City of Knowledge, since 1996, Charles Darwin Foundation Inc., since 2003, Mpala Wildlife Foundation, since 2003.

Honorary director Instituto Latino Americano de Estudios Avanzados. Director Biomusceo Panama. Fellow Linnean Society (London), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Member American Society Naturalists, Society Study of Evolution, New York Academy of Sciences Clubs: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Roberta Wolff, March 19, 1961. 1 son, Jason; Married Anabella Guardia, February 10, 1978. Children: Andres, Ana.

Jacob Rubinoff

Bessie (Rose) Rubinoff

Roberta Wolff

Anabella Guardia

Andres Rubinoff

Ana Rubinoff