The first president of the society was Gardiner Greene Hubbard, and was succeeded by Alexander Graham Bell.
On January 27, 1888, the renowned National Geographic Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world, was founded in the United States. In addition to geography, she is involved in history and the natural sciences, as well as the preservation of historical monuments and the protection of the environment.
Initially, the National Geographic Society was an elite club that brought together scientists and their wealthy patrons who took an interest in scientific expeditions. On January 13, 1888, a group of 33 researchers and scientists met at the Cosmos Club in the American capital, Washington, with the aim of establishing a society to expand and deepen their knowledge of geography. The Company’s Articles of Association and Work Plan were drawn up, and the Company officially commenced its operations on that date.
The first president of the company was Gardiner Greene Hubbard, and was succeeded in 1897 by Alexander Graham Bell, the famous inventor of the telephone. Together with his son-in-law Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, the first full-time editor of the renowned National Geographic magazine, Bell is credited with the idea of massively using photographs to capture interesting stories in magazines. Today, the magazine is best known for its high quality photographs. Today, it is available in more than 40 languages, including Croatian, and has about 60 million readers a month. The company also covers many other media, including the museum at its headquarters in the city of Washington, and many traveling exhibitions, such as about King Tutankhamun, the cultural treasure of Afghanistan, or Chinese terracotta soldiers. The Society has so far awarded more than 11,000 scholarships for scientific research and expeditions.