History Activities in Region 8

IEEE History

On this page information about the history of IEEE Region 8 is presented, as well as some notices of important future events related to History, etc.

Additional information about IEEE History and about some Region 8 affairs can be found at the IEEE Global History Network (GHN) site.

Information about Region 8 History Activities and Events can be found by selecting the “History Activities” tab in the menu at the left side of the Member Activities page of the Region 8 website.

Tony Davies

2014 November 17th

Milestones recently approved in Region 8

Stereo Sound recording and reproduction inventions in early 1930s by Alan Blumlein.   Plaque installed at the Abbey Road studios in London.  The dedication ceremony took place in Studio Two on 1st April 2015, with an associated technical seminar and a lecture about Alan Blumlein.  The unveling was done by IEEE President Howard Michel and Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, with an attendance of over 100 people, including many of the engineers with the skills which keep Abbey Road at the forefront of the world movie, video and sound recording business.

‘Zenit’ L3 3D Pulsed Radar.   in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

New Milestone in Germany at Karlsruhe:

The pioneering work of Heinrich Hertz has been honored with an IEEE Milestone. Hertz successfully achieved the “First Generation and Experimental Proof of Electromagnetic Waves 1886-1888” at Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany, now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The Milestone plaque is at the original site of Hertz’s experiments. On Friday 5th December 2014, IEEE President Roberto de Marca and KIT Vice President Detlef Löhe unveiled the plaque. The host, Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Thomas Leibfried, welcomed the numerous attendees, which included Region 8 Director Martin Bastiaans, Germany Section Chair Axel Richter and the Milestone nominators Dieter A. Mlynski, IEEE Life Fellow from Circuits and Systems Society, and Werner Wiesbeck, IEEE Life Fellow from Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

In his address, Martin Bastiaans referred to the 50 year history of Region 8 and of the Germany Section. He emphasized that this second milestone in Germany is the 150th worldwide and encouraged further proposals for historic achievements, especially in Germany.

During the 19th century the two incompatible theories of electromagnetic phenomena opposed each other: the long-range force-based interpretation, especially on the European continent, and Faraday’s conception of a short-range field theory, which Maxwell converted into mathematical form, the Maxwell’s equations. From 1885 to 1888, after the 1879 suggestion of Hermann von Helmholtz, Hertz carried out the practical work to verify Maxwell’s theoretical predictions.

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Invitation and Programme of events:Hertz_Einladungskarte mit Programm-3-page-001 Hertz_Einladungskarte mit Programm-3-page-002

Another Milestone is being planned at Karlsruhe, for Otto Lehman’s invention of Liquid Crystals in 1889.

Also under discussion, there could be History Milestones for Euler’s invention of Graph Theory, and for Kirchhoff’s Laws, both of which had a huge impact on many topics within the scope of IEEE.   The location in this case is clear:  the town of Königsberg – now Kaliningrad.  A complication is that at the time, it was part of Germany and now is part of Russia – so whose Milestones would they be?

Tony Davies, 2015 January 6th

Heinrich Hertz Award:

At one time, from 1989 to 2001, IEEE had a Heinrich Hertz Medal which was funded from Region 8.  However, that award has now been discontinued.

In 1992, it was awarded to James R. Wait, at a ceremony in King’s College London.  I had the privilege of handing the medal to Dr. Wait because I was then Section Chair.      Tony Davies, 2015 January 3rd


The next HISTELCON conference is planned for Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 16-21 August 2015.

HISTELCON – HIStory of ELectrotechnolgy CONference – is a flagship Conference of IEEE Region 8 and IEEE History Center, and is planned to be shared in the future by IEEE Tokyo Section and more IEEE Regions.
It is held in conjunction with ICOHTEC (International Committee on History of Technology) 42th Symposium, and with the 10th Historical Conference of IEEE History Committee and History Center, with cooperation of the Cohen Institute for History and Philosophy of Science at Tel-Aviv University, the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar-Ilan University and the EE Section of the AEAI (Israel National Engineering Society).

Conference Theme
HISTELCON 2015 is designed to explore the phenomenon of “High Technologies” at various historical epochs from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives. We aspire to a comprehensive picture of the development of such technologies, their employment and spread and the interactions with scientific knowledge, economic and social interest and the cultural, social, military, economic and scientific effects.
Recognized as a major force in the modern world, Hi-Tech attracts the attention of experts from many fields. This joint Conference will allow interaction of historians and sociologists of technology and science, with practicing engineers, scientists and technical experts, reflecting their experience and discipline. It aims to create a network between researchers and practitioners from Academia and Industry that encourage interdisciplinary activities. Young Historians, Researchers and Engineers are mostly welcome.
The main theme of “History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural contexts”.
Original and innovative contributions are invited in areas including, but not restricted to:
● Origins and early developments of High-Technologies
● The Cultural/Social/Economical Drivers for the development of High-Technologies.
● The impact of High-Technologies on Culture/Society/Economics.
● Governmental Policies to foster High-Technologies in different cultures/societies.
Participants with various backgrounds such as historians, technologists and researchers are welcome.
Abstracts Submission
Interested participants are invited to submit an extended abstract for oral or poster presentations to the Technical Program Committee by electronically sending a 500 word abstract, written in English, with the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) in Word format. Full papers presented at the Conference will be included in IEEE Xplore. For each presented paper or poster, one presenter will have to fully register to the Conference.

Special Sessions and Panels
Proposals to organize a special session and/or a Discussion Panel on a specific subject (e.g. related to an IEEE Technical Society) are welcome.

Important Dates
• Extended Abstracts & Session proposal submission    – 01 February 2015
• Notification of Abstract acceptance                                     – 15 March 2015
• Preliminary program                                                                   – 15 April 2015
• Advance registration deadline                                                – 15 June 2015
• Final program                                                                                 – 30 June 2015
Submission address: Abstracts and proposal for Sessions should be submitted to: m.geselowitz@ieee.org

For more information about HISTELCON 2015 including a Call for Papers, see “History Activities” tab in the menu at the left side of the Member Activities page

Tony Davies 2014  November 9th

A beginner’s guide to making proposals for IEEE History Milestones has been added to the History Activities section under Member Activities.

Tony Davies   2013  November 5th