The Duke of Edinburgh | Consort, conservationist and champion of the young

The Restless Sphere | The Story of the International Geophysical Year

The duke reveals the questions that this international scientific project will seek to answer.

CHANNEL | BBC Television Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 30 June 1957

DURATION | 74 minutes 19 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1957

Synopsis

The International Geophysical Year was held to encourage scientists from across the world to work together to gather and share knowledge about the earth. The Duke of Edinburgh, as a Fellow of the Royal Society, presents an overview of the various experiments to be carried out. These include satellite technology, solar observation and oceanography. This was important as, by 1957, it had already been observed that the oceans were rising and the glaciers melting.

Did you know?

The International Geophysical Year ran from July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958. During this year the USSR launched Sputnik 1 and the USA set up NASA.

Contributors

Commentator
Humphrey Fisher
Composer
Aubrey E Singer
Executive Producer

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