The Origins and Activities of the American Physical Society By Argiris Malapanis

October 31, 2012

Founded over one hundred years ago, the American Physical Society (APS) began at a conference of three dozen physicists at Columbia University in New York City. This group of scientists together crafted the ongoing mission of APS to advocate for and promote the knowledge of physics. In the first two decades of the organization, the APS focused mostly on the coordination of scientific meetings, until it took over the management of the scholarly journal titled Physical Review. By the end of the 1950s, APS responsibilities included the management of three different scientific publications coinciding with the postwar boom in research.

Over the last few decades, the APS has endeavored to widen the scope of its activities as government funding increased, along with public interest. Currently, the organization operates several projects dedicated to public relations, education, and virtually every area of physics in concert with the breadth of interest among its 50,000 members.

Sign up for an APS membership at http://www.aps.org.

Argiris Malapanis studied nanoscale science and engineering at the State University of New York in Albany, New York. Malapanis holds membership with the American Physical Society.

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