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  • 1946
    Established by an Act of Congress
    Newspaper cutout of sketch of Sydney Chapman building

    Whereas the University of Alaska, because of its unique location and the work it has accomplished in the past, is a logical site for a permanent geophysical research station … there is hereby authorized to be appropriated … $975,000 for the construction and establishment of a geophysical institute. 

  • 1951
    Building Construction Complete
    Chapman Building, the first location of the Geophysical Institute

    Using $975,000 of federally appropriated funding, construction of the new Geophysical Institute building is complete.