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Baltimore Section Historical Notes

OriginallyPrepared: January 30, 2004
Chris Nemarich
Updated October 19, 2008

The American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) was founded on May 13, 1884 in New York and quickly gained recognition as a representative for American electrical engineers. The Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) was formed from two largely local organizations, the 'Society of Wireless and Telegraph Engineers' and the 'Wireless Institute'.

The Baltimore Section of the AIEE was founded on December 16, 1904. In the 1950’s, the Baltimore Section was part of Region 3 in the AIEE.

The structural development and general activities of the IRE were similar to those of the AIEE. Many of the original members of the IRE were members of the AIEE and both organizations continued to have members in common until they merged.

In 1961, the leadership of both the IRE and the AIEE resolved to seek an end to these difficulties through consolidation. The next year a merger plan was formulated and approved and became effective on 1 January 1963. The Baltimore Section IEEE was formed in January 1963. It had 2 Subsections, Annapolis and Eastern Shore. The Section was part of Region 2.

The Eastern Shore Subsection became a Section in 1972.

The Eastern Shore Section was disbanded in 1999 and was folded back into the Baltimore Section.


Year


Total Membership
1939
Baltimore Section

80
1940


82
1944


258
1945


80
1946


312
1947


345
1948


400
1949


417
1957
Baltimore Section (1)

1198
1958


1222
1959


1367
1960


1567
1961


1846
1962


1955
1963
Baltimore Section (2)
2121
2646

Annapolis Subsection
460


Eastern Shore Subsection
65

1964
Baltimore Section
1998
2558

Annapolis Subsection
496


Eastern Shore Subsection
64

1965
Baltimore Section
1948
2522

Annapolis Subsection
509


Eastern Shore Subsection
65

1966
Baltimore Section
1962
2569

Annapolis Subsection
4547


Eastern Shore Subsection
60