National Geographic : 1954 Sep
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY SIXTEENTH AND M STREETS NORTHWEST, WASHINGTON 6, D. C. JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE, President MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR, Vice-President ROBERT V. FLEMING, Treasurer THOMAS W. McKNEW, Secretary HERBERT A. POOLE, Assistant Treasurer VERNON H. BREWSTER, Assistant Secretary HILLEARY F. HOSKINSON, Assistant Treasurer MELVIN M. PAYNE, Assistant Secretary LYMAN J. BRIGGS, Chairman, Research Committee ROBERT E. DOYLE, Assistant Secretary ALEXANDER WETMORE, Vice-Chairman, Research Committee SIBYL PECK, Assistant to the Chairman of the Board HERBERT T. HENDERSON, Personnel Officer BOARD OF TRUSTEES GILBERT GROSVENOR Chairman of the Board, Formerly President of the National Geographic Society and Editor of its Magazine (1899-1954) GEORGE C. MARSHALL General of the Army Formerly Secretary of Defense CURTIS E. LEMAY General, U. S. Air Force, Commanding Strategic Air Command LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. LYMAN J. BRIGGS Director Emeritus, National Bureau of Standards H. RANDOLPH MADDOX Vice President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company DAVID FAIRCHILD Special Agricultural Explorer U. S. Department of Agriculture ELISHA HANSON Lawyer and Naturalist JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE Editor of the National Geographic Magazine ROBERT V. FLEMING President and Chairman of the Board Riggs National Bank ALEXANDER WETMORE Research Associate Smithsonian Institution HUGH L. DRYDEN Director, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics RICHARD E. BYRD Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retired JUAN T. TRIPPE President, Pan American World Airways WILLIAM E. WRATHER Director, U. S. Geological Survey MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR Associate Editor National Geographic Magazine CHARLES F. KETTERING Consultant and Director General Motors Corporation LLOYD B. WILSON Formerly Chairman of the Board Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies L. 0. COLBERT Rear Admiral, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Retired ERNEST E. NORRIS Retired President Southern Railway System EMORY S. LAND Vice Admiral, U. S . Navy, Retired Formerly President Air Transport Association THOMAS W. MCKNEW Secretary National Geographic Society WILLIAM V. PRATT Admiral, U. S. Navy, Retired ORGANIZED FOR "THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" To carry out the purposes for which it was founded sixty six years ago, the National Geographic Society publishes the National Geographic Magazine monthly. All receipts are in vested in The Magazine itself or expended directly to promote geographic knowledge. Articles and photographs are desired. For material The Magazine uses, generous remuneration is made. In addition to the editorial and photographic surveys con stantly being made, The Society has sponsored more than 100 scientific expeditions, some of which required years of field work to achieve their objectives. The Society's notable expeditions have pushed back the historic horizons of the southwestern United States to a period nearly eight centuries before Columbus. By dating the ruins of vast communal dwellings in that region, The Society's re searches solved secrets that had puzzled historians for 300 years. In Mexico, The Society and the Smithsonian Institution, January 16, 1939, discovered the oldest dated work of man in the Americas. This stone is engraved, in Mayan characters, November 4, 291 B. c. (Spinden Correlation). It antedates by 200 years anything else dated in America, and reveals a great center of early American culture, previously unknown. On November 11, 1935, the stratosphere flight of the world's largest balloon, Explorer II, sponsored by The Society and the U. S. Army Air Corps, reached a world-record altitude of 72,395 feet. Capts. Albert W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson took aloft a ton of scientific instruments and obtained results of extraordinary value. A notable undertaking in the history of astronomy was launched in 1949 by The Society and Palomar Observatory of the California Institute of Technology. This project will photomap the vast reaches of space and provide for observa tories all over the world the most extensive sky atlas yet made. In 1948 The Society sent seven expeditions to study the sun's eclipse on a 5,320-mile arc from Burma to the Aleutians. A Greek cargo ship sunk in the Mediterranean 2,200 years ago was found and investigated in 1952-54 by the National Geographic Society-Calypso Marine Archeological Expedition led by Capt. J .-Y . Cousteau of the French Navy. The National Geographic Society and the Royal Ontario Museum in 1951 explored and measured newly found Chubb meteor crater, 11,500 feet in diameter, in northern Quebec. The Society and individual members contributed $100,000 to help preserve for the American people the finest of Cali fornia's sequoias, the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. One of the world's largest icefields and glacial systems out side the polar regions was discovered in Alaska and Yukon by Bradford Washburn while exploring for The Society and the Harvard Institute of Exploration in 1938. EXECUTIVE STAFF OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Assistant Editors FREDERICK G. VOSBURGH LEO A. BORAH F. BARROWS COLTON MASON SUTHERLAND GEORGE W. LONG Editorial Staff ANDREW H. BROWN ROBERT LESLIE CONLY BEVERLEY M. BOWIE LONNELLE AIKMAN STUART E. JONES ALLAN C. FISHER, JR. KENNETH F. WEAVER JOHN SCOFIELD NATHANIEL T. KENNEY JOHN R. HOOPES ROSE T. MACBRYDE Editorial Research INEZ B. RYAN, Chief MARGARET G. BLEDSOE JOHN OLIVER LA GORCE, EDITOR MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR. ASSOCIATE EDITOR Foreign EditorialStaff Chief Cartographer W. ROBERT MOORE, Chief JAMES M. DARLEY LUIS MARDEN FRANC SHOR HOWELL WALKER School Service RALPH GRAY, Chief News Service WINDSOR P. BOOTH, Chief SAMUEL W. MATTHEWS Advertising GILBERT G. LA GORCE, Director JOHN F. 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