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IEEE History Center Conferences

sym-po-si-um [sim-poh-zee-uhm]

–noun, plural -si-ums, -si-a [-zee-uh]

1. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.

2. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.

3. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks. *

Since 1991 (or 1995...see below) the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center have sponsored an international conference approximately every other year on some aspect of the history of IEEE technologies.  These conferences uniquely bring together engineers and historians to discuss topics of mutual interest.


2009, IEEE Conference on the History of Technical Societies,

2007, IEEE Conference on the History of Electric Power, 3-5 August 2007, NJIT, Newark, NJ, USA

With recent concerns about the state of the power grid within the United States and globally, this was a timely topic.  Thirty papers were presented in front of 62 attendees from 10 countries.  The proceedings were published by IEEE and are available on IEEE Xplore.

2004, IEEE Conference on the History of Electronics, 28-30 June 2004, Bletchley Park, UK.

The profound role electronics have had in shaping the modern world, from the invention of the Fleming diode to the present, makes this an important topic of historical study.

2001, IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications, 25-27 July 2001 in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.

The extreme role telecommunications has had in shaping the modern world made this an important topic of historical study.

2000, Singapore 2000: Promoting the History of EE

The meeting brought in engineers from numerous countries to discuss archives, oral histories, Milestones, museums and other historical activities.

1997, IEEE Conference on the History of Computing, June 1997, Williamsburg, VA, USA.

A book resulted from the conference, From 0 to 1: An Authoritative History of Modern Computing, Oxford University Press, 2002. It provides a masterful and up-to-date introduction to the history and development of modern computing.