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Certificate - International Geophysical Year, Presented to Phillip Law, American Geophysical Union & International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics, Dec 2006 Object Reg. No: HT 14277

Certificate presented to Dr Phillip Law by the American Geophysical Union and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in recognition of the contribution of Dr Law and ANARE to the International Geophysical Year 1957. This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the post-war era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.

Phillip Law was the first Director of the Antarctic Division of the Commonwealth Department of External Affairs, now the Australian Antarctic Division of the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage. Under Dr Law's Directorship Australia established a permanent presence in Antarctica.

The International Geophysical Year (IGY) from June 1957 to December 1958 was a significant event in the history of Antarctic research. Twelve new nations made presence in Antarctica and the summer population was around 5000. Despite the political tensions of the era there was significant scientific exchange and cooperation including between the USA and the USSR. The IGY also emphasized to issue of territorial sovereignty within Antarctica and this led to the development of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.
Printed paper certificate with gold paper seal on lower left hand side, and black and white emblems from the International Union of Geodesy, and International Geophysical Year in upper right and left hand sides. Text throughout. Two signatures along the bottom and Phillip G. Law printed in bold black in centre of certificate. Gold ornate border design around edge of paper.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.6 cm (Width), 28.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, geophysics, certificates, international geophysical year 1957-1958
Themes this item is part of: Dr Phillip Law, Scientist, Explorer & Administrator (1912-2010), Antarctica Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Printed in black across certificate: 'The American Geophysical Union and the / International Union of Geodsey and GFeophysics Presents this Certificate to / Phillip G. Law / In recognition of your role in the International Geophysical Year 1957. / The International Geophysical Year' overwhelming success was due to the dedication / and perseverance of a scientific community spanning 67 nations. These activities formed the basis / for modern space exploration and space science. As we approach the 50th Anniversary / of the International Geophysical Year, we extend our gratitude and /. congratulations for your role in this exceptional effort. / December 2006 / [signatures of Joseph M. Davila and Jo Ann Joselyn beneath]
Printed on gold Seal stamp: 'IGY 1957 / 2007'
Presented To: Dr Phillip Law, Balwyn, Victoria, Australia, Dec 2006
Presented By: American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, United States of America, Dec 2006
Presented By: International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Potsdam, Germany, Dec 2006
Date of Event: 1957

Date of International Geophysical Year

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