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Metre Convention and Evolution of Base Units

  • S. V. GuptaEmail author
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 122)

Abstract

On 20 May 1875 “Metre Convention”, a diplomatic treaty between 17 nations was signed in Paris. The Metre Convention gave authority to General Conference on Weights and Measures (Conference Generale des Poids et Mesure-CGPM) and International Committee for Weights and Measures (Comite International des Poids et Mesure—CIPM) to set up International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bureau International des Poids et Mesure-BIPM) and to act in the matters related to units of measurement. Apart from 17 countries, Italy in 1876, Norway in 1882, Sweden in 1889 and Denmark in 1912 were among the first few countries that joined the treaty later.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Physical LaboratoryNew DelhiIndia

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