Life Members Affinity Group2020-07-24T18:09:30+00:00

Life Members Affinity Group

Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Life Members’ Affinity Group (LMAG).

IEEE Life membership is evidence of a sustained commitment to the engineering profession. This 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 total of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years

Our Life Members’ Affinity Group was formed to organise activities of interest to all older members in the UK and Ireland Section, not just Life Members. We welcome the participation in our activities of retired members and those approaching retirement.

There are more than 250 Life members in the Section, including Life Fellows and Life Seniors. There are 103 LMAGs in the 10 IEEE Regions, with 15 in Region 8, and over 30,000 Life members across the world.

The IEEE Life member Committee (LMC) publishes four Newsletters; two printed versions and two electronic versions each year. Comments and questions about the newsletters should be sent to Charles Turner.

The UK & Ireland Section LMAG is managed by a small committee that meets regularly throughout the year and is currently chaired by Charles Turner.

IEEE Milestones

Recently, the Committee has mainly been active in preparing nominations for IEEE Milestone plaques. These are awarded by the IEEE History Committee to commemorate significant advances in electro-technology that occurred at least 25 years ago. The nominations have to be supported by documents such as published journal papers, patents, etc. and are rigorously reviewed by expert groups before the award is approved.

The Section has so far been awarded 15 Milestones, the latest being to recognise the adoption of the Ohm as the standard unit of electrical resistance in 1876. The unveiling ceremony will be held at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow on September 17th this year.

The Committee is currently investigating

several new projects:

  • Active Shielding of Superconducting Magnets
  • The LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) Computer
  • The EMI CAT (Computer Assisted Tomography) X-Ray Scanner
  • The birth of Optical Fibre Communications
  • The early ‘Manchester’ Computers

Because of the Covid -19 virus, the unveiling ceremony for the Active Shielding Milestone at Eynsham, Oxon, has been postponed indefinitely.

The CAT Scanner proposal has been submitted for approval by the IEEE History Committee.

Each nomination involves a considerable amount of work, including the search for a meaningful location for the plaque. Unfortunately, many of the sites where the original work was carried out have been demolished or re-developed. The Committee welcomes inputs from members who had some connection with the projects listed above and who would like to contribute to the preparation of the nomination.

The Committee has also begun to investigate less elaborate and cheaper ways of recognising ‘first steps’ that were pre-cursors of emerging technologies; for example, posters and booklets could be produced for display in libraries, schools and other locations for the benefit of local communities and to preserve their industrial heritage.

Other activities

IEEE Life members are involved in a wide variety of activities, such as the history of technology (see the details of HISTELCON 2019 Conference to be held in Glasgow on September 18th and 19th this year), supporting schools science and technology projects, providing technical updating for retired members, mentoring students and Young Professional members of IEEE, and supporting humanitarian technology projects around the world.


The Lockdown has precluded the holding of all in-person meetings and has stimulated the provision of webinars using Zoom and other platforms. The LMAG Committee plans to organise a series of webinars intended mainly for IEEE Life members this autumn. Further details will be published shortly.

If you have any comments or suggestions about your experience as a Life member, or would like to raise questions of general interest please contact the Committee Chair.

Chapter Committee

Prof Charles Turner
Prof Charles TurnerAffinity Group Chair

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

601, 2019

Life Members Affinity Group Publishes 2018 Annual Report

The Life Members Affinity Group held 4 meetings in 2018, and in addition organised the unveiling ceremony for the Milestone plaque awarded to the Physics Department at Dundee University. The IEEE President-Elect, Jose Moura, unveiled a plaque commemorating the work of Walter Spear and Peter LeComber in the 1970-1980 era that led to the development of the liquid crystal flat panel display used today for television screens and computer monitors.

2705, 2018

Life Members Set Four More Milestones in Motion

UK and Ireland's Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG) Committee confirmed last week that no less than four new IEEE history Milestones are in the pipeline within the Section. This comes hot on the heels of the unveiling of a Milestone plaque and a technical symposium just after Easter this year dedicated to the invention of amorphous silicon TFT at the University of Dundee.

1702, 2018

IEEE Milestone Plaque to be Unveiled at Dundee University

On Thursday April 5th 2018 the IEEE Milestone plaque awarded to the Physics Department at Dundee University will be unveiled by the IEEE President-elect, Jose Moura. The award commemorates the work of Walter Spear and Peter LeComber in the fabrication of amorphous silicon thin film field-effect transistors for the switching of flat panel liquid crystal displays.

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