Abstract

The International Geophysical Year of 1957–1958 was a monumental achievement in technology and scientific cooperation. The effort culminated in the participation of 67 nations in research programs from pole-to-pole and out into space and the ultimate benefits remain difficult to assess. In fact, historians of science are still struggling to chart the IGY's origin, plans, and progress missing and/or conflicting information. The IGY Gold History Preservation Initiative strives to assist this effort by identifying IGY participants and gathering materials/resources which could be of significance in reconstructing/rediscovering the IGY's key events and personalities.

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