Abstract

On 5 April 1950 six American geophysicists and a visiting British colleague at a small social gathering outside Washington conceived the idea that a ‘Third International Polar Year’ (IPY3) should be organized for 1957–8. The First and Second Polar Years, programmes of internationally cooperative scientific study of various physical aspects of the Earth’s polar regions, had been held in 1882–3 and 1932–3, at an interval of fifty years. The idea of holding a Third Year only twenty-five years after the Second did not come entirely out of the blue.

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