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Dr. Frits Went becomes Director of the Garden.

Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden between 1958-63, Dr. Frits Went (1903-1990).

Dr. Frits Went, previously of the California Institute of Technology was widely viewed as a top expert on greenhouses and their use. He was responsible for the ground breaking research institution known as the Phytotron which was comprised of climate controlled air-conditioned growing rooms which enabled researchers to study and maintain microclimates. This background would soon prove invaluable to the Garden in guiding the inception and construction of the Climatron during his tenure.


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