National Geographic : 1963 Feb
Author of three dozen books, Dr. Franklyn M. Branley supervises the planetarium's program of courses in astronomy, meteorology, and naviga tion. Recently he was named to head the scientific-editorial board of the new Natural History Press. A publish ing division of Doubleday & Compa ny, Inc., with offices in the museum, the Press will publish books directed toward students, teachers, and the general public. The museum publishes the distin guished popular magazine Natural History, which reports on current developments and research in the life and earth sciences. "Look at this beauty." Dr. Willis J. Gertsch of the Entomology Depart ment shows a live California taran tula to visiting scientist Wilton Ivie. Vials hold arachnids being proc essed for the museum's collection of insects and spiders, which now num bers about 12 million specimens. The Hall of Insects displays the largest and most complete exhibit of its kind in the United States.