New IEEE/RSE award

[singlepic id=1245 float=left] The IEEE and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in Scotland, created a joint award in November 2006 to recognize groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields. The annual IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award includes a US $20 000 (or British pound sterling equivalent) honorarium, a gold medal, and a certificate.

The deadline for nominations is 22 January 2007.

The award is named in honor of the 19th century Scottish mathematician and physicist James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell laid the foundations of lectromagnetic wave theory, radio propagation, microwave techniques, and adio communications. Funding for the Award is being provided by Wolfson Microelectronics plc, an Edinburgh based corporation, which is a leading global provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductors for digital consumer electronics pplications.

Recipient selection is performed by a joint IEEE/RSE Selection Committee which is administered by the IEEE Awards Board. It is open to anyone who has made groundbreaking contributions to the electronics or electrical engineering fields; nominees are not required to be members of either the IEEE or the RSE. Up to three individuals may share the award. It is expected that the recipient of the IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Award will visit Scotland within the first year subsequent to the receipt of the award, to make a presentation about his/her work.

Nominations will not be accepted from the IEEE Board of Directors, the RSE Council, the IEEE Awards oard, the Award Selection Committee, and employees of the IEEE and RSE. Self-nominations are not permitted. For additional information see this link.