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C41/ICHA — a brief history
Commission 41 was created at the VIIth IAU General Assembly in Zürich in 1948. The ICHA, a joint Commission of the IAU and the IUHPS/DHST, was founded in 2001 in order to include scholars who, being primarily historians rather than astronomers, are not members of the IAU.

As is evident from its first report, published in IAU Transactions 8 (1954), 623, C41 had an inauspicious start. Otto Neugebauer was appointed the first President in his absence, but proceeded to express his conviction that “an international organization in the history of astronomy has no positive function…my only activity during my term of service consisted in iterated attempts to resign”. It was Herbert Dingle who acted as President for the 1952 GA, and then carried the Commission forward through the next two triennia. The first members of the Commission were Armitage, Birkenmajer, Danjon, Dijksterhuis, Dingle, Dittrich, Hubble, Idelson, Spencer Jones, Kukarin, Kulikovsky, Lundmark, Marguerat, Nordenmark, Norlund, Pannekoek, Pelseneer, Pogo, Sadykov, Seydl, Volta, and Zinner.
Past presidents
The Commission Presidents to date have been:
  • 1948–1952 Otto Neugebauer (USA)
  • 1952–1955 Herbert Dingle (UK)
  • 1955–1958 Herbert Dingle (UK)
  • 1958–1961 Piotr G. Kulikovsky (USSR)
  • 1961–1964 Piotr G. Kulikovsky (USSR)
  • 1964–1967 Eugeniusz Rybka (Poland)
  • 1967–1970 Eugeniusz Rybka (Poland)
  • 1970–1973 Owen Gingerich (USA)
  • 1973–1976 Owen Gingerich (USA)
  • 1976–1979 Jerzy Dobrzycki (Poland)
  • 1979–1982 Michael Hoskin (UK)
  • 1982–1985 Olaf Pederson (Denmark)
  • 1985–1988 John Eddy (USA)
  • 1988–1991 John D. North (UK)
  • 1991–1994 Suzanne Débarbat (France)
  • 1994–1997 S.M. Razaullah Ansari (India)
  • 1997–2000 Steven J. Dick (USA)
  • 2000–2003 F. Richard Stephenson (UK)
  • 2003–2006 Alexander Gurshtein (Russia/USA)
  • 2006–2009 Nha Il-Seong (Korea)
  • 2009–2012 Clive Ruggles (UK)
Proceedings of ICOA-7
The proceedings of the International Conference on Oriental Astronomy (ICOA–7) are available from Mitsuru Soma

IAU S278 Proceedings
are now available
Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures
(the 9th “Oxford” International Symposium on Archaeoastronomy)
Astronomy and World Heritage
IAU Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage
The Commission’s Astronomy and World Heritage Working Group is working with UNESCO to advance their Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative

ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study
The printed edition of the ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on the Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy is now available

SpS5 - IAU GA Rio
The proceedings of the Rio GA Special Session on “Accelerating the Rate of Astronomical Discovery” have been published in Proceedings of Science