C4 – Commission C4 World Heritage and Astronomy


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Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage

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Commission C4 WG Astronomical Heritage in Danger
Commission C4 WG Windows to the Universe: Classical and Modern Observatories
Inter-Commission C1-C3-C4 WG Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture
Inter-Commission C1-C3-C4 WG Ethnoastronomy and Intangible Astronomical Heritage

Gudrun B. E. Wolfschmidt

Hamburg University, Center for history of science and technology
Department of Physics, Hamburg Observatory
Bundesstr 55 Geomatikum
D-20146 Hamburg

NCA adherence: Germany

Last updated:
March 8, 2021

Juan Antonio Belmonte Aviles

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
C/ Vía Láctea s/n
38200 La Laguna, Tenerife

NCA adherence: Spain

Last updated:
June 29, 2021

Roger Ferlet

UMR7095 CNRS / Sorbonne Université
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
98bis Bd Arago
75014 Paris

NCA adherence: France

Last updated:
February 26, 2019

Clive Ruggles

University of Leicester
School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
September 20, 2019

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