Title : Postage Stamp in Commemoration of the Centennial of the International Polar Year
Stamp Serial#
1250 
KPC#
C-916 
MICHEL#
1275 
StanGib#
1512 
Scott#
1289 
Date of Issue
04/21/1982 
Quantity
4,000,000 
Denomination
60 won 
Design
Map of the World and a pair of Compasses 
Designer
Kim Sung-sil 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The year 1982 marks the centennial of the International Polar Year (IPY).

Geophysics, the science of the agencies which modify the earth, requires by nature an international cooperative system of investigation. For this reason, the period from 1882 to 1883 was designated as the IPY, during which scientists from 11 countries joined for the first time in an investigation of the meteorological phenomena, magnetic field, and polar lights in the high northern latitudes. 50 years after the first international observation of the earth were carried out, a second such investigation was conducted over a period ranging from 1932 to 1933, this time scientists from 44 countries participated in an investigation that included the ionosphere in its scope. The observations were not limited to the high latitudes, but other important parts of the earth, as well. The world-wide interest in this approach of cooperative study of the earth was further hightened in the third international investigation conducted 25 years later, from July 1, 1957 to the end of 1958. During this 18-month period, the observations were made at some 4000 stations scattered around the entire surface of the earth, with about 20,000 scientists from 66 countries participating in them. Since 1960 when the Republic of Korea became a member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, a scientific organization under the control of the International Council of Scientific Unions, our geophysicists and the related organzations have been actively engaged in research work, exchanging information with other scientists of the world.

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the designation of the Polar Year, the Ministry of Communications issues this commemorative stamp in order to contribute to the advancement of earth science by helping promote the public understanding of the international earth-research activities.