Life Members Affinity Group 2016-12-30T15:24:08+00:00

Life Members Affinity Group

Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Life Members Affinity Group.

IEEE Life membership (LM) is proof of a strong sustained commitment to the profession and is automatically bestowed upon an active IEEE member who:

  • Has attained the age of 65 years
  • Has been a member of IEEE for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years

The Life Members’ Affinity Group was formed 5 years ago and in the UK and Ireland Section there are over 150 Life members, including Life Fellows and Life Senior members. Most of its activities have been related to the history of technology, principally through the IEEE Milestone Program. Milestones commemorate a significant technological achievement, through the installation of an official IEEE plaque at the site most closely associated with the invention. Recent examples of plaques located in the Section include:

  • Code Breaking at Bletchley Park
  • Public Key Cryptography at GCHQ Cheltenham
  • Stereophonic Sound Recording at Abbey Road Studios, London

The installation of a Milestone is usually celebrated by a symposium of talks by distinguished speakers and a reception.

There are a number of IEEE Milestone Projects in the UK & Ireland Section in progress:

  • A plaque to honour the world’s first demonstration of television by J L Baird in 1926 has been proposed for erection at 22 Frith Street, London.
  • A plaque to honour the application of amorphous silicon switches for flat panel displays has been proposed for Dundee University.
  • Further proposals for the recognition of the J. Lyons LEO computer and the EMI CAT Scanner are being investigated.
  • Future projects planned include superconducting magnets and fibre-optic communications.

New team members (not only Life Members but also any other members interested in the Milestone program) would be warmly welcomed. Contact the Chair (c.turner@ieee.org) to join a project team.

The LMAG Committee meets every two months, normally in London.

Chapter Committee

Prof Charles Turner
Prof Charles TurnerAffinity Group Chair

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