A portrait on Prof IVán Almár - HIS experiences and HIS opinion on the role of astronautics in Hungary in the period 1957-1980

Päivi Jukola

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This presentation is the first in a proposed novel session for the IAA, The IAC-conference and its History Symposium in the format of interviews. The aim of the new concept is to invite various personalities for plenaries, roundtable discussions and interviews from the early days of the IAF and IAA. Some engineers and experts focus their time in their scientific research; others reserve time for writing memoirs during their retirement. The new proposed session offers the opportunity for experts and public at large for insights from those who have seen the transformation of the space sector from The Cold War to international collaboration. In the interview the birth of space research in the Cold War Hungary: the environment and consequences are discussed as seen by Dr. Iván Almár. Prof Almár attended his first IAF congress in 1962. He was vice president of the JAF in 1982-84 and he was an organizer of the last lAC-congress within an East Bloc country in 1983 in Budapest. He has been member of IAA since 1984. He co-chaired the IAA SETI Committee for 11 years. He was chairman of the Multilingual Space Terminology Committee and guest editor of the Multilingual Space Dictionary. He was President of IAA Commission VI (Space and Society) in 2004-2005. Prof Almár is still actively connected to Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and works on papers and presenting lectures in Hungary. He was chairman of the Hungarian Space Research Board for a decade. Dr Almár is honorary president of the Hungarian Astronautical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, IAC 2014: Our World Needs Space
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781634399869
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Astronautical Congress - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 29 Sep 20143 Oct 2014
Conference number: 65


ConferenceInternational Astronautical Congress
Abbreviated titleIAC

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