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Astron. Astrophys. 352, 349-353 (1999)

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The history of the creation of Astronomy and Astrophysics

S.R. Pottasch

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, P.O. Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands (pottasch@astro.rug.nl)

Received 23 July 1999 / Accepted 4 August 1999


History began with the meeting of 8 April 1968 at the Leiden Observatory. Everything that happened before that date can be considered as pre-history. It is essential to understand the pre-history to make sense of the history, but it is not easy to describe. This is because it consists of unrecorded discussions of individuals in small groups, feelings concerning whether ones papers are being read, etc. And all this must be put in the context of a rapidly expanding European astronomical community with an outdated publication structure.

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Online publication: December 2, 1999