1st International Conference on Permafrost

Some 20 years after Siemon Muller published in English the word ‘permafrost’, the Building Research Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council of the United States provided the opportunity to “ … bring together experts from many countries and disciplines to discuss various aspects of permafrost.” Held at Purdue University under the auspices of its School of Civil Engineering, November 11-15, 1963, the Conference registered some 285 “engineers, researchers, manufacturers, and builders from around the world, …” This first international permafrost conference, had papers presented by scientists and engineers from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. This was the first post-World War major contact with a group of senior Russian frozen ground researchers

Conference Materials

Online proceedings (PDF, 91.2 MB)