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:
- A plaque to honour the application of amorphous silicon switches for flat panel displays at the Physics Department at Dundee University
- Recognition of the pioneering work on superconducting magnets carried out at Oxford with the Siemens Company
- Further proposals for the recognition of the J. Lyons LEO computer and the EMI CAT Scanner are being investigated
These projects need volunteers to put together the background case for support of the application for a Milestone plaque. Any members with an interest in historical research are invited to contact the LMAG Committee.
The LMAG plans to expand its activities into new areas such as technical updating for retired members, mentoring of young engineers, and support for school science projects. It also hopes to organise activities in centres away from London, such as Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh. Proposals would be warmly welcomed. Contact the Chair, Charles Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.