Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 10, 45–72, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-10-45-2019

Special issue: The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics: from different...

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 10, 45–72, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-10-45-2019

Review article 16 Apr 2019

Review article | 16 Apr 2019

IUGG evolves (1940–2000)

Jo Ann Joselyn and Alik Ismail-Zadeh

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This paper describes the history of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) after World War II. The technologies developed during the war were brought to bear in the extraordinary global scientific effort that was the International Geophysical Year (1957–1958). Changes in the geopolitical landscape brought about changes in IUGG's structure. International campaigns encompassing multiple disciplines became commonplace, and international scientific bodies were organized.