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Society "Links"[edit]

The inside scoop thing for kids is a fake. Wikipedia wants someone to write the article. Anyone avaliable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.0.202.213 (talkcontribs) 02:11, 3 December 2005‎

Who is controlling the NG Society and Who Is elect the Trustees[edit]

I couldn't find this info on the NG site. Some info on http://societymatters.org/ Eyal Morag (talk) 11:00, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

National Geographic News name change[edit]

The URL listed for National Geographic News is that of the National Geographic Daily News so I changed the text of the article. This could have been a rename, or it could have been incorrect all along and the National Geographic News may be something else entirely. Can someone who knows the subject matter confirm it one way or the other and fix the text if necessary?

I moved the redirect National Geographic News to National Geographic Daily News. I also added "#Other publications" to the redirect. A bot should come along and fix up double-redirects in the next few days. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 20:51, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Seal of NGS should be added[edit]

In addition to the yellow-box logo, the National Geographic Society has a formal seal which it also uses in publications and mailings, and on its headquarters building in Washington, DC. A sample of it can be found here: http://ngstudentexpeditions.com/wp-content/themes/NGSE/images/NatGeoSeal-160x160.png I would like to suggest that a way be found to add it to this article. Thank you very much for your attention. Matt G. Leger 19:38, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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33 founders .. Graham Bell was not one of them[edit]

There are 34 founders listed in 33 founders list of NGS. Mistake or not? —Obsuser (talk) 00:45, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

You're right; Bell was not one of the founders. I have revised the text so the correct number of people are listed (33, not including Bell). This citation (NGS article about each of the founders) does not include Graham Bell. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/tag/national-geographic-founders/
From an NGS publication: Though he wasn’t one of the original 33 founders, Bell had a major influence on the Society. The magazine was a very serious publication, tailored to the elite and scientists. Its early editions were “very straightforward and without ornamentation like you would have found in a popular magazine,” according to Hunter. .... When Hubbard died in 1897, Bell was elected the new Society president. Bell wanted to make the magazine more accessible for members to read with less abstruse academic language. His solution to better communicate science and discoveries was through “pictures, and plenty of them.” http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/26/ngs-celebrates-23rd-founders-day/
My research indicates that Bell was probably one of the first 165 charter members of the Society; this might be why some articles suggest that he was a founder. But there is not much information as to who the 165 original members of the Society were. This is the best I could find, but it's not a strong citation. In any event, the NGS publications confirm Bell was not one of the 33 founders.
While he was an original member (one of 165 listed in Vol.1 #1), son-in-law to the Founder (Gardiner Green Hubbard), and an interested scientific mind, he did not organize the Society. Hubbard and five others signed the invitation sent out in Jan 1888 to attend the founding meeting. Of the 33 who attended, Bell was not one of them. (see the Jan 1988 issue) http://www.jbcarey.net/Aaacd9Revised/Millennium/HTML/FAQs%20ETC/FAQs.htm Peter K Burian (talk) 14:00, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Peter K Burian (talk) 14:29, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

P.S. There is a painting of the 33 founders in 1888 at the Cosmos Club; these are the people in the painting

1 Charles J. Bell, banker 2 Israel C. Russell, geologist 3 Commodore George W. Melville, USN 4 Frank Baker, anatomist 5 W.B. Powell, educator 6 Brig. Gen. A. W. Greeley, USA, polar explorer 7 Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist and future Society president 8 John Wesley Powell, geologist, explorer of the Colorado River 9 Gardiner Green Hubbard, lawyer and first President of the Society , who helped finance the telephone experiments of Alexander Graham Bell 10 Henry Gannett, geographer and future Society president 11 William H. Dall, naturalist 12 Edward E. Hayden, meteorologist 13 Herbert G. Ogden, topographer 14 Arthur P. Davis, engineer 15 Gilbert Thompson, topographer 16 Marcus Baker, cartographer 17 George Kennan, author, explorer of Arctic Siberia 18 James Howard Gore, educator 19 O. H. Tittmann, geodesist and future Society president 20 Henry W. Henshaw, naturalist 21 George Brown Goode, naturalist 22 Cleveland Abbe, meteorologist 23 Comdr. John R. Bartlett, USN 24 Henry Mitchell, engineer 25 Robert Muldrow II, geologist 26 Comdr. Winfield S. Schley, USN 27 Capt. C. E. Dutton, USA 28 W. D. Johnson, topographer 29 James C. Welling, educator 30 C. Hart Merriam, Chief, U.S Biological Survey 31 Capt. Rogers Birnie, Jr., USA 32 A. H. Thompson, geographer 33 Samuel S. Gannett, geographer

Painting by Stanley Meltzoff https://www.cosmosclub.org/web/journals/1998/wentzel.html Peter K Burian (talk) 15:11, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Note that the 33 in the painting do not include Bell since he was not a founder. Peter K Burian (talk) 19:28, 18 January 2016 (UTC) Peter K Burian (talk) 19:28, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

A lot of web sites claim that Bell was a founder. But I suspect they got that info from the previous (erroneous) Wikipedia content. I also corrected the Alexander Graham Bell article in this regard. Peter K Burian (talk) 19:30, 18 January 2016 (UTC)


Thank you. I copied something to .sr several days ago and noticed there was an extra person. This answer is overdetailed! Face-smile.svg Thank you! --Obsuser (talk) 06:24, 19 January 2016 (UTC)