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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a not-for-profit membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving the Societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public.
The Institute of Physics is a learned society and a professional body for physicists. It is charged by Royal Charter to "promote the advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of and education in the science of physics, pure and applied".