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{{Proposal|a1=High-Temperature Superconductivity|a2a=IBM Research Laboratory, Rueschlikon|a2b=Switzerland|a3=1986|a4=In 1985 Georg Bednorz and Alex Mueller discovered High-Temperature Superconductivity. This breakthrough enabled many technical and scientific applications. |a5=While superconductivity was known before, the requirement to cool close to the absolute zero temperature made large-scale applications infeasible. The revolutionary jump of the critical temperature presents a milestone towards the technical use of superconductivity. |a6=At that time, it was not believed that superconductivity was possible at a temperature at above 35 Kelvin. The materials used were much different from the previously used ones.|a7=The plaque will be installed in the park-like are of the IBM Research Laboratory.  
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|a2a=IBM Research Laboratory, Rueschlikon
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It will be publicly visible.  
 
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IBM Research GmbH
 
IBM Research GmbH
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CH-8803 Rüschlikon
 
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Switzerland  
 
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the nomination on Oct 14th 2010|a13name=Andreas Doering|a13section=Switzerland|a13position=Vice-chair  (candidate for chair in 2011)|a13email=ado@zurich.ibm.com|a14name=Han van Loon |a14ou=IEEE Section Switzerland|a14position=Chair (until March 2011)|a14email=han@lc-stars.com|a15Aname=Andreas Doering|a15Aemail=ado@zurich.ibm.com|a15Aname2=|a15Aemail2=|a15Bname=Andreas Doering|a15Bemail=ado@zurich.ibm.com|a15Bname2=|a15Bemail2=|a15Cname=Andreas Doering|a15Ctitle=Dr.-Ing.|a15Corg=IBM Research Laboratory|a15Caddress=Saeumerstrasse 4, 8803 Rueschlikon, Switzerland|a15Cphone=0041 44 724 8679|a15Cemail=ado@zurich.ibm.com}}
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Latest revision as of 20:24, 16 July 2012

Docket #:2011-01

This Proposal has been approved, and is now a Milestone Nomination

This is a draft proposal, that has not yet been submitted. To submit this proposal, click on "Edit with form", check the "Submit this proposal for review" box at the bottom, and save the page.


Is the achievement you are proposing more than 25 years old?


Is the achievement you are proposing within IEEE’s fields of interest? (e.g. “the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications and computer engineering, as well as computer science, the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences” – from the IEEE Constitution)


Did the achievement provide a meaningful benefit for humanity?


Was it of at least regional importance?


Has an IEEE Organizational Unit agreed to pay for the milestone plaque(s)?


Has an IEEE Organizational Unit agreed to arrange the dedication ceremony?


Has the IEEE Section in which the milestone is located agreed to take responsibility for the plaque after it is dedicated?


Has the owner of the site agreed to have it designated as an Electrical Engineering Milestone? Yes


Year or range of years in which the achievement occurred:

1986

Title of the proposed milestone:

High-Temperature Superconductivity

Plaque citation summarizing the achievement and its significance:


In what IEEE section(s) does it reside?

Switzerland

IEEE Organizational Unit(s) which have agreed to sponsor the Milestone:

IEEE Organizational Unit(s) paying for milestone plaque(s):

Unit: IEEE Section Switzerland
Senior Officer Name: Senior officer name masked to public

IEEE Organizational Unit(s) arranging the dedication ceremony:

Unit: IEEE Section Switzerland
Senior Officer Name: Senior officer name masked to public

IEEE section(s) monitoring the plaque(s):

IEEE Section: IEEE Section Switzerland
IEEE Section Chair name: Section chair name masked to public

Milestone proposer(s):

Proposer name: Proposer's name masked to public
Proposer email: Proposer's email masked to public

Please note: your email address and contact information will be masked on the website for privacy reasons. Only IEEE History Center Staff will be able to view the email address.

Street address(es) and GPS coordinates of the intended milestone plaque site(s):

IBM Research Laboratory, Rueschlikon

Describe briefly the intended site(s) of the milestone plaque(s). The intended site(s) must have a direct connection with the achievement (e.g. where developed, invented, tested, demonstrated, installed, or operated, etc.). A museum where a device or example of the technology is displayed, or the university where the inventor studied, are not, in themselves, sufficient connection for a milestone plaque.

Please give the address(es) of the plaque site(s) (GPS coordinates if you have them). Also please give the details of the mounting, i.e. on the outside of the building, in the ground floor entrance hall, on a plinth on the grounds, etc. If visitors to the plaque site will need to go through security, or make an appointment, please give the contact information visitors will need.

The plaque will be installed in the park-like are of the IBM Research Laboratory. It will be publicly visible. IBM Research GmbH IBM Research - Zurich Säumerstrasse 4 CH-8803 Rüschlikon Switzerland Lat 47.309272 Lon 8.545346

Are the original buildings extant?

Yes

Details of the plaque mounting:


How is the site protected/secured, and in what ways is it accessible to the public?

Currently, the area is not protected and is publicly accessible. However, because of recent terrorist threads the construction of a fence is planned. The plaque will be installed such that it will be well visible from outside the fence.

Who is the present owner of the site(s)?

IBM

A letter in English, or with English translation, from the site owner(s) giving permission to place IEEE milestone plaque on the property:


A letter or email from the appropriate Section Chair supporting the Milestone application:


What is the historical significance of the work (its technological, scientific, or social importance)?

In 1985 Georg Bednorz and Alex Mueller discovered High-Temperature Superconductivity. This breakthrough enabled many technical and scientific applications.

What obstacles (technical, political, geographic) needed to be overcome?

At that time, it was not believed that superconductivity was possible at a temperature at above 35 Kelvin. The materials used were much different from the previously used ones.

What features set this work apart from similar achievements?

While superconductivity was known before, the requirement to cool close to the absolute zero temperature made large-scale applications infeasible. The revolutionary jump of the critical temperature presents a milestone towards the technical use of superconductivity.

References to establish the dates, location, and importance of the achievement: Minimum of five (5), but as many as needed to support the milestone, such as patents, contemporary newspaper articles, journal articles, or citations to pages in scholarly books. At least one of the references must be from a scholarly book or journal article.


Supporting materials (supported formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC): All supporting materials must be in English, or if not in English, accompanied by an English translation. You must supply the texts or excerpts themselves, not just the references. For documents that are copyright-encumbered, or which you do not have rights to post, email the documents themselves to ieee-history@ieee.org. Please see the Milestone Program Guidelines for more information.