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American Institute of Physics

American Institute of Physics
Abbreviation AIP
Formation 1931
Type 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation[1]
Purpose Promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare.[1]
Headquarters American Center for Physics (ACP)
  • College Park, MD
Membership 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators[1]
Executive Director and CEO H. Frederick Dylla
Budget 74 million USD[2]

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) promotes science, the profession of physics, publishes physics journals, and produces publications for scientific and engineering societies. The AIP is made up of various member societies. Its corporate headquarters are at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland, but the institute also has an office in Melville, New York and Beijing, China.[1]

Core activities

The focus of the AIP appears to be organized around a set of core activities. The first delineated activity is to support member societies regarding essential society functions. This is accomplished by annually convening the various society officers to discuss common areas of concern. A range of topics is discussed which includes scientific publishing, public policy issues, membership-base issues, philanthropic giving, science education, science careers for a diverse population, and a forum for sharing ideas.[1]

Another core activity is publishing the science of physics in research journals, magazines, and conference proceedings. Member societies continue nevertheless to publish their own journals.

Other core activities are tracking employment and education trends with six decades of coverage, being a liaison between research science and industry, historical collections and physics outreach programs, and supporting science education initiatives and supporting undergraduate physics. One other core activity is as an advocate for science policy to the U.S. Congress and the general public.[1]

Historical overview

The AIP was founded in 1931 as a response to lack of funding for the sciences during the Great Depression. It formally incorporated in 1932 consisting of five, original, "member-societies", and a total of four thousand members. A new set of "member-societies" was added beginning in the mid-1960s. As soon as the AIP was established it began publishing scientific journals.[3]

Member societies

Affiliated societies

List of publications

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f About AIP. American Institute of Physics. July 2010.
  2. ^ Governance. American Institute of Physics.
  3. ^ Brief History. American Institute of Physics. July 2010.

External links

  • AIP website
  • Member societies of the AIP
  • AIP journals
  • AIP Scitation website, which host academic articles of journals published by societies members of AIP, and by societies who decided to host their articles on the platform
  • American Center for Physics website
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