RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES VOL. 10, ES1003, doi:10.2205/2007ES000249, 2008

Aspects of the Soviet IGY

Rip Bulkeley

Exeter College, Oxford, UK


[1]  From original documents in Russian and other archives, and other primary sources, the paper puts together a detailed account of the Soviet decision to join the IGY, the formation of the Soviet IGY committee, and the execution of their IGY programme. Topics covered include the network of stations and its share in the total IGY, the first Soviet Antarctic expeditions, the relationship between the IGY committee and the sputniks project, the part played by women, the work of World Data Center B, and the publication of scientific results.

Received 17 September 2007; revised 27 January 2008; accepted 29 January 2008; published 12 February 2008.

Keywords: Antarctica, Cold War, International Geophysical Year, Electronic Geophysical Year, Soviet IGY, Sputnik, World Data Centers.

Index Terms: 1700 History of Geophysics; 1799 History of Geophysics: General or miscellaneous; 6620 Public Issues: Science policy.


Citation: Bulkeley, Rip (2008), Aspects of the Soviet IGY, Russ. J. Earth Sci., 10, ES1003, doi:10.2205/2007ES000249.

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