PHYSICISTS HAVE BEEN GROUPED for most of the century in a continuing international association, but its fortunes have been erratic, particularly during and immediately following World War I. In 1931, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was one of eight scientific unions, including those of chemistry, biology and astronomy, doing business on a world‐wide scale. The Union's purpose is to foster international physics meetings, more rapid dissemination of information and the establishment of international standards, units and nomenclature.

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