1949 International Geographical Congress

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THE International Geographical Congress, post-poned from September last, was held at Lisbon during April 8–15 under the presidency of Prof. Emm. de Martonn. Thirty-four countries were represented, acconding to the list of members, among the seven hundred delegates and adherents. There were strong delegations from Brazil, the United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Scandinavian countries, but the U.S.S.R. was not represented. Between thirty and forty attended from Great Britain—a widely representative group. The seven sections and the various commissions held their meetings in the palatial Higher Technical Institute, a new building in a commanding position in the modern north-eastern sector of Lisbon. Numerous social occasions, including a gala performance at the São Carlos Theatre, which the Portuguese organised superbly well and with most lavish hospitality, gave abundant opportunities for those international contacts which are perhaps the most valuable and lasting features of such congresses. The importance attached by the Portuguese hosts to the occasion was marked by the presence of the President himself at the opening ceremony held in the National Parliament Building.

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DUDLEY STAMP, L. 1949 International Geographical Congress. Nature 163, 811 (1949) doi:10.1038/163811a0

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