The International Commission of the History of Oceanography (ICHO) is a global body devoted to linking scholars, writers, and teachers interested in the history of the marine sciences, broadly defined. Its structure is a bit complicated: it is part of the Division of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, which is itself a component of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, which in turn is part of the non-governmental international scientific body, the International Council of Scientific Unions. Our group, ICHO, was born during the 1968 International Congress on the History of Science (held in Paris). The first president was the French historian of science and medicine Professor Jean Theodorides (following his service, he was named the first President Emeritus of ICHO, a title he held until his death in 1999).
Although ICHO has had its own international congresses, it also meets in conjunction with its parent organization during the international congresses on the history of science, technology, and medicine.
Our past presidents include Eric L. Mills and Keith R. Benson. The current slate of officers can be found here.