[LEAPSECS] [QUAR] Bulletin C and all that

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Mon Jan 26 15:39:34 EST 2015

On Mon 2015-01-26T15:05:55 -0500, Brooks Harris hath writ:
> Metrologia, 2001, 38, The leap second: its history and possible future
> http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/time/metrologia-leapsecond.pdf
> "The name "Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)" was approved by a
> resolution of IAU Commissions 4 and 31 at the 13th General Assembly
> in 1967 [85]."

It is worth looking at the Transactions of the IAU for that General
Assembly and at the proceedings of the CCIR meeting referred to by
that joint meeting of Comms 4 and 31.

I cannot find a way to read those documents that agrees with the
sentence in the Metrologia article.  The documents from the IAU and
the CCIR were using different vocabularies for the radio broadcasts.
So there is no surprise that the head of the BIPM later apologized
about "regrettable misunderstandings, especially between astronomers
and physicists".

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