About 2,000 scientists - from 60 countries and accompanied by their wives - are meeting in Helsinki, Finland to discuss the results of the International Geophysical Year, which ended in 1959.
GV General assembly.
SV Finnish President Kekkonen with wife seated.
GV Officers of the union.
SV Finnish Minister of Education Heikki Hosia speaks from platform.
SV People listening.
SV Ackerman, Meade and Jansson (all USA) listen.
LV People listen.
SC Cooper (GB) and Tison (Belgium).
SV Prof. Rykounov with Dr. Popov (Russia) listening.
LV J. Tuzo Wilson speaking.
SV Gordon David (UK. Royal Navy) with Colin Murray (GB)
LV Of assembly.
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Background: About 2,000 scientists - from 60 countries and accompanied by their wives - are meeting in Helsinki, Finland to discuss the results of the International Geophysical Year, which ended in 1959.
The opening session of the 12th General Assembly of the IUGG - International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics - July 26, was attended by Finland's President Kekkonen and Minister of Education Heikki Hosia.
IUGG's President, Professor J. Tuzo Wilson, Canada, said the IGY had been a splended example of international co-operation and had done much to make the public appreciate the importance of geophysics.
Unusual example of international co-operation in the IUGG is the joint membership of East and West Germany - efforts are being made to get Communist and Nationalist China to become joint members.
As the conference opened, a Russian scientist, Alexander Sagarmistr, cust his throat with a pair of scissors in Helsinki police station after asking for political asylum. He survived, and after asking to return to Russia was handed over to the USSR Embassy.