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Baltimore Section Historical Notes

Originally Prepared: January 30, 2004

Chris Nemarich

Updated September 26, 2012 - IEEE History Center

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.

In 2004,the Baltimore section IEEE celebrated it's centennial anniversary as an organizational body in the region. Then, it claimed more than 4,600 members in Baltimore City and the counties of Anne, Arundel, Carroll, Hartford, Howard, Calvert (the northern portion), Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester. Also, 796 different companies, universities, government and other organizations employed Baltimore Section members.

Currently, Baltimore is part of Region 2, in the IEEE organizational structure. Additionally, the Baltimore Section has an area specific website that includes information about meeting times, officers, and newsletter. The website also features links to various Baltimore Chapters and Affinity groups. In 2012, the Section claimed links to seventeen active Technical Chapters. For more information, visit: http://ewh.ieee.org/r2/baltimore/.

Milestones

The IEEE History Committee commemorated a milestone '2011-02' for the B&O Railroad electrification on 21 June 2012 (R2 – Baltimore Section) .



Membership History

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
547


Eastern Shore Subsection
60

1967 Baltimore Section 1966                  2383
Annapolis Subsection 549
Eastern Shore Subsection 68
1968 Baltimore Section 1680                  2284
Annapolis Subsection 545
Eastern Shore Subsection 59
1969 Baltimore Section 1668                  2314
Annapolis Subsection 582
Eastern Shore Subsection 64
1970 Baltimore Section 1698                  2392
Annapolis Subsection 625
Eastern Shore Subsection 69
1971 Baltimore Section 1696                 2414
Annapolis Subsection 647
Eastern Shore Subsection 71
1972 Baltimore Section 1702                  2356
Annapolis Subsection 654
1973 Balitmore Section 1719                  2405
Annapolis Subsection 686             
1974 Baltimore Section 1751                 2468
Annapolis Subsection 717
1975 Baltimore Section 1811                  2610
Annapolis Subsection 799
1976 Baltimore Section 1768                  2564
Annapolis Subsection 796
1977 Baltimore Section 1764                  2579
Annapolis Subsection 815

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