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IET ANNIVERSARY FEATURES


Making a diff erence for 150 years


1871 ● T e Society of


Telegraph Engineers (STE) is founded on 17 May


1872


● T e fi rst Ordinary


Meeting of the STE is held on 28 February


● T e Society’s fi rst journal is published


● Sir Charles Siemens


elected as fi rst STE President


1882 1878


● T e fi rst Wiring


Regulations published as Rules and


Regulations for the Prevention of Fire Risks arising from


Electric Lighting 1883


● T e STE&E is registered under the Companies Act


1884


● T e Vulcanic Society is founded, later the Junior Institution of Engineers


1885 1881 1873 1874


● Sir William Preece demonstrates Edison’s phonograph – the fi rst demonstration in the UK


● T e STE changes its name to the Society of Telegraph Engineers and of Electricians (STE&E)


● Sir Joseph Swan presents a paper on T e subdivision of the electric light (i.e. incandescent lamps for interior lighting)


1887 1889


● First Student meetings held


● T e STE&E changes its name to the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)


1890


● T e IEE Benevolent Fund is established


1892 1892


● Nikola Tesla gives a lecture on ‘Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency’ – this was so popular it was held at the Royal Institution to allow more members to attend


1877


As the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) celebrates a famous birthday, we look at some of the major milestones in its history...


● T e STE Honorary Fellowships are fi rst awarded.


● Willoughby Smith presents a paper on the photoconductivity of selenium – technology which led to early television cameras and solar cells


● Sir William T omson, later Lord Kelvin, becomes President of the STE


1875


● Alexander Graham Bell presents his paper Researches in electric telegraphy


● Sir Francis Ronalds bequeathes his library of rare books and pamphlets to the STE, forming the core of the Library collection


● T e fi rst scholarship is founded as the Salomons Scholarship, from a bequest by Sir David Salomons


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