History Activities

History Activities – 2022


Martin BastiaansMartin

Tony DaviesTony

Antonio SaviniAntonio

Evgen PichkalyovEvgen

Sergei ProkhorovSergei


The History Activities Committee is looking forward to assist you in your history-related activities. The 2022 committee consists of:

  • Martin Bastiaans, History Activities Coordinator (2021-2022)
  • Tony Davies, Past History Activities Coordinator (2013-2020)
  • Antonio Savini, current IEEE History Committee chair (2022-2023)
  • Evgen Pichkalyov, current IEEE History Committee member (2022-2023)
  • Sergei Prokhorov, current IEEE History Committee member (2022-2023)

Feel free to contact us at ma-ha@ieeer8.org, but include m.j.bastiaans@ieee.org in CC, because the email alias may not work properly.


Highlights from 2021 – see also News Archive: 2021

  • Minutes of the IEEE Region 8 Committee meetings
    With the exception of four Region 8 Committee meetings – in Geneva (7 September 1965), Leuven (16 September 1966), Tel Aviv (24 October 1968), and Dubrovnik (25-26 October 1974) – we have (scanned) versions of all meeting minutes; and of the above-mentioned meetings in Leuven and Tel Aviv, we have the agendas. The (scanned) versions have been collected in five pdf files, which are available for download:
    1962-1970 (.pdf), 1971-1983 (.pdf), 1984-1993 (.pdf), 1994-2009 (.pdf), and 2010-2020 (.pdf).
  • 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. To help Sections, an index has been created to direct Section leaders to the relevant pages in the issues 1-122 (December 1967 – May 1998) where news about their Section can be found.
  • HISTELCON 2021 has been completely virtual as a Zoom meeting without any registration fee.
    The detailed schedule with speakers and titles can be found at http://histelcon2021.org/schedule.

  • IEEE Special Citation in History dedicated in 2021:
    Paderborn, Germany, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF), 1996
    Dedication ceremony 23 October 2021 – IEEE Germany Section
    One of the largest computer museums in the world, the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum presents 5000 years of computing history from the emergence of numbers and lettering circa 3000 B.C.E. to the modern digital age. Through presentations, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions, it has provided a broad audience with the insights and perspectives required to navigate a world that is increasingly shaped by digital technology.
  • IEEE Milestones dedicated in 2021:
    Roma, Italy, Giovanni Giorgi’s contribution to the rationalized system of units, 1901-1902
    Dedication ceremony 15 December 2021 – IEEE Italy Section
    Giovanni Giorgi proposed rationalizing the equations of electromagnetism. His proposal added an electrical unit to the three mechanical units of measurement (meter, kilogram, second). While he was a professor at the University of Rome, the International Electrotechnical Commission adopted a version of Giorgi’s system. His ideas formed the basis of the universally adopted International System (SI) of units, currently used in all fields of science and engineering.
    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.
    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.
    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.

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

  • Current report of the History Activities Coordinator (.pdf)
  • Previous reports of the History Activities Coordinator (Martin Bastiaans, 2021) (.pdf) in reverse order
  • Previous reports of the History Activities Coordinator (Tony Davies, 2013-2020) (.pdf) in reverse order
  • Previous reports of the History Activities Coordinator (Jacob Baal-Schem, 2007-2010) (.pdf) in reverse order

IEEE History Center – a selection of additional weblinks