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was founded in 1888 ...
"to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge."
Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet and it
IS one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational
institutions in the world. Its interests include geography,
archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of
environmental and historical conservation.
The National Geographic Society began as a club for an elite group of
academics and wealthy patrons interested in travel. On January 13, 1888,
33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club
then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize
"a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge"
After preparing a constitution and a plan of organization, the National
Geographic Society was incorporated two weeks later on January 27.
Gardiner Greene Hubbard became its first president and his son-in-law,
Alexander Graham Bell, succeeded him in 1897. In 1899, Bell's son-in-law
Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was named the first full-time editor of National
Geographic magazine and served the organization for fifty-five years
(until 1954), and members of the Grosvenor family have played important
roles in the organization since.
National Geographic's various media properties reach more than 500
million people monthly. National Geographic maintains a museum for the
public in its Washington, D.C., headquarters. It has helped to sponsor
popular traveling exhibits, such as an early 2010s "King Tut" exhibit
which featured the magnificent artifacts from the tomb of the young
opened in May 2008 and traveled to other cities for 18 months; and an
exhibition of China's Terracotta Warriors in its Washington headquarters
The 13-hour TV series - COSMOS - hosted and narrated by the renowned
astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan, which was co-produced with the BBC and
originally aired on Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States, has
recently been followed up, by - COSMOS : A SPACETIME ODYSSEY - this
time around, sponsored and aired by the National Geographic Channel
and hosted and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
"Dr. Sagan described the universe in a way that appeals to a mass audience, by using Earth as a reference point, by speaking in terms intelligible to non-scientific people, by relating the exploration of space to that of the Earth by pioneers of old, and by citing such Earth legends as the Library of Alexandria as metaphors for space-related future events."
Kevin McCorry <email@example.com>
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