According to Wired Magazine, January 27th (yesterday) marked the anniversary of the founding of the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1988, the original mission statement of the society was for “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” Now their reach has expanded with the goal of making people care about the planet.
The society’s publication, National Geographic magazine, began printing just nine months after that founding meeting. It was initially a drab-looking scholarly journal sent to 165 charter members. Now its hallmark photography and more mainstream writing reach the hands of more than 40 million people per month.
It has also become the standard for scientific photography, photojournalism, and artistic interpretations about people, nature, and science.
Happy Birthday, National Geo!