Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Life Members’ Affinity Group (LMAG).
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 to organise activities of interest to the older members in the UK and Ireland Section (not just Life members). There are more than 150 Life Members in the Section, including Life Fellows and Life Senior Members.
Most of the activities organised by the LMAG Committee have so far been in the area of the history of technology, principally through the IEEE Milestone Program. Milestones commemorate a significant technological achievement, by 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:
- Public Key Cryptography, at GCHQ Cheltenham
- Stereophonic Sound Recording, at Abbey Road Studios, London, and
- The world’s first demonstration of television by J L Baird in 1926 in Soho, London.
The installation of a Milestone plaque is celebrated by a symposium of talks by distinguished speakers and a reception.
There are a number of IEEE Milestone proposals in progress, including:
- The IEEE Board of Directors has approved the award of a Milestone plaque to Dundee University Physics Department to commemorate the work of Walter Spear and Peter LeComber on thin Film transistors, in the 1970s and 1980s, that led to the development of flat panel displays for television and computer applications. A ceremony to install the plaque at Dundee University is being planned for the Spring 2018
- A submission for the award of a plaque to recognise the work of the J. Lyons company in the application of the LEO computer for business transactions is under investigation. The Committee would welcome the assistance of any volunteers who know about the history of the LEO project.
- Work is continuing on the superconducting magnet and EMI CAT Scanner projects.
In all cases more volunteer help is needed.
The LMAG Committee wishes to reach out to all Life members (including long-serving members who are retired or are approaching retirement) who would be willing to participate in a range of activities currently of interest, including:
- History of Technology (including Milestone proposals)
- Technical updating for retired members
- Supporting School science and technology projects
- Humanitarian projects (applying modern technology to help communities around the world)
- Mentoring of Student members and Young Professional members of IEEE
- Developing policies on ethical issues in engineering practice
The LMAG also hopes to organise more social activities in centres outside of the London Metropolitan zone, in conjunction with lectures and other events. Proposals would be warmly welcomed. Contact the Chair, Charles Turner if you would like to help with any of these projects.
The LMAG Committee meets every two months, normally in London, and welcomes expressions of interest from any prospective members.