History Activities

History Activities – 2021


Martin BastiaansMartin

Tony DaviesTony

Mislav GrgicMislav


The History Activities Subcommittee is looking forward to assist you in your history-related activities. The 2021 committee consists of:

  • Martin Bastiaans, History Activities Coordinator (2021)
  • Tony Davies, Past History Activities Coordinator (2013-2020)
  • Mislav Grgić, current IEEE History Committee member (2021-2022)

Feel free to contact us at ma-ha@ieeer8.org.


  • Recently dedicated IEEE Milestone:
    Agrate Brianza, Milano, Italy, Multiple silicon technologies on a chip, 1985
    Dedication ceremony 18 May 2021 – IEEE Italy Section
    SGS (now STMicroelectronics) pioneered the super-integrated silicon-gate process combining Bipolar, CMOS and DMOS (BCD) transistors in single chips for complex, power-demanding applications. The first integrated circuit, named L6202, was capable of controlling up to 60V–5A at 300 kHz. Subsequent automotive, computer, and industrial applications extensively adopted this process technology, which enabled chip designers flexibly and reliably to combine power, analog and signal processing.
  • The HISTELCON 2021 submission deadlines have been extended again; see below.
  • The IEEE Milestone proposals Manchester University “Baby” Computer and its Derivatives, 1948-1951, and The Atlas computer and the invention of virtual memory, 1957-1962, as well as the IEEE Special Citation proposal Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF), 1996-present, have been approved by the IEEE History Committee and will be presented to the IEEE Board of Directors for final decision.
  • The IEEE Milestone proposal ADSL: expediting Broadband Internet Access for society, 1993-1997, has been submitted to the IEEE History Committee for approval.
  • The IEEE Milestone Multiple silicon technologies on a chip, 1985, will be dedicated on 18 May 2021 at 15:00 CEST. The ceremony will be held at the Agrate headquarters in STMicroelectronics and will be transmitted in live streaming. The full program and the registration are available here.
  • The HISTELCON 2021 submission deadlines have been extended; see below.
  • Old issues of IEEE Region 8 News
    Digital versions of IEEE Region 8 News from 2002 onward can be found in the Region 8 News archive of back issues. All older issues of IEEE Region 8 News and its predecessors — IEEE Region 8 newsletter (1967-1986; issues 1-76) and IEEE Region EIGHT News (1987-1989; issues 77-85) — have now been scanned: 1092 pages with a total size of about 0.7 GB. Note that volume numbers were introduced in Region 8 News in 1998 with the August issue (Volume 1, Number 1); until then, the numbering was consecutively from 1 till 122.
    The scanned versions can be downloaded by clicking on the links in the table that can be found here. In addition to news about the IEEE and the activities that took place on the Region level, these old issues contain lots of information about our Sections and may thus form a valuable source of information, especially for those Sections who want to fill the gaps in their history.
  • IEEE Region 8 History webpage
    The Region 8 History webpage has been completely revamped.
  • Recently dedicated IEEE Milestones:
    Torino, Italy, Rotating fields and early induction motors, 1885-1888
    Dedication ceremony 21 January 2021 – IEEE Italy Section
    Galileo Ferraris, professor at the Italian Industrial Museum (now Polytechnic) of Turin, conceived and demonstrated the principle of the rotating magnetic field. Ferraris’ field, produced by two stationary coils with perpendicular axes, was driven by alternating currents phase-shifted by 90 degrees. Ferraris also constructed prototypes of two-phase AC motors. Rotating fields, polyphase currents, and their application to induction motors had a fundamental role in the electrification of the world.
    Cascina, Pisa, Italy, Gravitational-wave antenna, 1972-1989
    Dedication ceremony 3 February 2021 – IEEE Italy Section
    Initially developed from 1972 to 1989, the gravitational-wave antenna enabled detection of ripples in spacetime propagating at the speed of light, as predicted by Albert Einstein’s 1916 Theory of General Relativity. Construction of the Virgo Gravitational-Wave Observatory commenced in 1997. In 2017, Virgo and two antennas located in the US launched the era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy with the coordinated detection of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger.
  • HISTELCON 2021, How computer technologies and telecommunication change society and economy, Moscow, Russia, 18-20 August 2021
    HISTELCON is a Region 8 flagship conference held every two years on the history of electrical engineering, electronics, computing, their applications, and their impact on humanity’s social development. HISTELCON 2021 is already the seventh HISTELCON conference, with predecessors in Paris (2008), Madrid (2010), Pavia (2012), Tel-Aviv (2015), Kobe (2017, together with Region 10), and Glasgow (2019).
    Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2021Full paper submission deadline: 10 June 2021
  • News Archive — News items about Milestones and Conferences are ordered by year: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010.

IEEE Milestones

Engineering and Technology History Wiki

Region 8 history book

  • The book A short history of IRE Region 9 / IEEE Region 8 (.pdf) presents a history of IEEE Region 8 spanning its origins from the IRE Region in Europe, through the IRE/AIEE merger forming the IEEE and subsequently to the present day Region 8 consisting of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
    Note that if you click on the link above and open the Document Outline in the left-hand side bar, you can immediately jump to any section of the book and easily navigate through it.
  • More information about the history of Region 8 can be found on ieeer8.org/history/

Documents archive

IEEE History Center – a selection of additional weblinks