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By Adriaan Blaauw

This heritage has its starting place in a tenet, made in September 1990 by way of former IAU common Secretary Derek McNally, who felt "that a seventy five 12 months historical past of the Union used to be wanted ahead of the col­ lective reminiscence of these who knew the Union prior to the second one global battle vanished. it should then be a preparatory quantity to a centennial background in 2019. " certainly, of these who knew the Union that some time past, few are nonetheless with us. Six years in the past, at Baltimore on August 2, 1988, listening and reminiscing on the Inaugural Ceremonies of the Union's twentieth basic meeting, i spotted that it was once nearly precisely part a century in the past that, on the age of 24, I attended the Inaugurations at my "first" meeting: on August three, 1938 in Stockholm. Now, in 1994, this can be virtually fifty six years in the past, 3 quarters of the Union's age. in simple terms obscure reminiscences - no greater than that -lead me again to this occasion, prior to international conflict II. And so, this isn't a background in line with recollection, faraway from it. Recollection used to be beneficial in that it allowed me, greater might be than a more youthful writer, to understand conditions below which the letters and studies which shape the root for this background have been written. The account is basically in line with archival records, gathered from a wide selection of sources.

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But also other prominent astronomers played leading roles in the developments leading to the IRC not surprising though, considering the international character of astronomy - and therefore, we shall follow the story in more detail than we otherwise might have done. We are, moreover, encouraged to do so because ofthe rich archival documentation available for this purpose. c.! S. National Research Council Early in 1916, the National Academy of Sciences offered to the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, its services in organizing the scientific resources of the country in preparation for possible involvement in the war.

Astron. ) (Collection Utrecht) 14 CHAPTER 1. 1919-1922 and issue of publications sanctioned by the Union, and the administration of funds"; and that the General Assembly was to meet as a rule every 3 years. S. E. 3, Notations and Units, and the format of publications (P. H. 5, Abstracts and Bibliography (B. 6, Astronomical Telegrams (G. 7, Celestial Mechanics and Tables (H. S. 9, Theoretical and Applied Astronomical Optics (M. Hamy), No. G. Abbot), No. 11, Spectroscopic Velocities (H. Deslandres), No.

I must therefore start for Washington at once (Sunday) and make it my headquarters until I feel that the whole scheme is in shape. demy, Hale reiterates his "desire to co-operate in any possible way to the solution of war problems" and "to prepare the United States for effective co-operation" [11]. This would become the main objective of the NRC. C. 3 23 What Post-War attitude with respect to German scientists? However, a different element, of considerable bearing on the further relations within the lAU, also enters their correspondence: the position to be taken after the war with respect to the scientists of the Central Powers.

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