List of IEEE milestones

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This list of IEEE Milestones describes the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) milestones, representing key historical achievements in electrical and electronic engineering.wikipedia
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Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant

1891 – Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant
It is now on the List of IEEE Milestones.

Boston Elevated Railway

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1889 – Power System of Boston's Rapid Transit
The electrified rapid transit system was named an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering in 2004.

Chivilingo Hydroelectric Plant

1897 – Chivilingo Hydroelectric Plant
The plant is now registered on the list of IEEE Milestones in electrical engineering, and open to visitors.

Shoshone Transmission Line

1909 – Shoshone Transmission Line
The Shoshone Transmission Line was an early and notable electric power transmission line, now recorded on the List of IEEE Milestones.

Alexanderson alternator

alternator transmitterhigh frequency alternatorhigh-frequency alternators
1904 – Alexanderson Radio Alternator
It is on the list of IEEE Milestones as a key achievement in electrical engineering.

Arc converter

arc transmitterPoulsen arcArc transmitters
1902 – Poulsen-Arc Radio Transmitter
It is on the list of IEEE Milestones as a historic achievement in electrical engineering.

Vulcan Street Plant

Appleton Edison Light Companyhydroelectric power plantVulcan Street Power Plant
1882 – Vulcan Street Plant
and an IEEE milestone.

Fleming valve

electron tubetwo element vacuum-tube
1904 – Fleming Valve
The IEEE has described it as "one of the most important developments in the history of electronics", and it is on the List of IEEE Milestones for electrical engineering.

Invention of the telephone

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1876 – First Intelligible Voice Transmission over Electric Wire
Bell's first intelligible voice transmission over an electric wire was named an IEEE Milestone.

Pavel Schilling

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1828–1837 – Schilling's Pioneering Contribution to Practical Telegraphy
Schilling's contributions to electrical telegraphy were named an IEEE Milestone in 2009.

William Stanley Jr.

William StanleyStanleyStanley, William, Jr.
1886 – Alternating Current Electrification (demonstrated by William Stanley, Jr.)
His work in the electrification of Great Barrington's Main Street was named an IEEE Milestone.

Opana Radar Site

Opana PointOpana Mobile Radar Station
1941 – Opana Radar Site
The Opana Radar Site is a National Historic Landmark and IEEE Milestone that commemorates the first operational use of radar by the United States in wartime, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Atanasoff–Berry computer

ABCAtanasoff-Berry computerfirst automatic electronic digital computer
1939 – Atanasoff–Berry Computer
The computer was designated an IEEE Milestone in 1990.


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1947 – Invention of the First Transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.
The transistor is on the list of IEEE milestones in electronics, and Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their achievement.

Édouard Branly

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1890 – Discovery of Radioconduction with a Coherer by Édouard Branly
Branly's discovery of radioconduction was named an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing in 2010.

Integrated circuit

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1958 – First Semiconductor Integrated Circuit (IC)
His work was named an IEEE Milestone in 2009.

Guglielmo Marconi

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1895 – Guglielmo Marconi's Experiments in Wireless Telegraphy
Marconi's early experiments in wireless telegraphy were the subject of two IEEE Milestones; one in Switzerland in 2003 and most recently in Italy in 2011.

United States Naval Computing Machine Laboratory

Computing Machine Laboratory
1942–1945 – US Naval Computing Machine Laboratory
It is now on the List of IEEE Milestones, and one of its machines is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum.

Adams Power Plant Transformer House

Edward Dean Adams Power PlantAdams Power PlantAdams Hydroelectric Generating Plant
1895 – Adams Hydroelectric Generating Plant
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1983 and an IEEE Milestone in 1990.


7-bit ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information InterchangeASCII printable characters
1963 – ASCII
ASCII is one of the IEEE milestones.

Mercury-Atlas 6

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1962 – Mercury spacecraft MA-6, Col. John Glenn piloted the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft in the first United States human-orbital flight on 20 February 1962. (1)
The event was named an IEEE Milestone in 2011.

Arecibo Observatory

AreciboArecibo radio telescopeArecibo Planetary Radar
1963 – NAIC/Arecibo Radiotelescope
The center was named an IEEE Milestone in 2001.

Tōkaidō Shinkansen

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1964 – Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
The line was named a joint Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and IEEE Milestone by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2000.

Reginald Fessenden

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1906 – First Wireless Radio Broadcast by Reginald A. Fessenden
Although Fessenden's claim for the first radio broadcast in 1906 is recognized as an IEEE Milestone, in view of the contrasting opinions among radio historians, Mike Adams summarized the situation as "More than 100 years after its possible occurrence, the Fessenden 'first broadcaster' controversy continues."

Merrill Wheel-Balancing System

Merrill Wheel Balancing System
1945 – Merrill Wheel-Balancing System
It was invented in 1945 by Marcellus Merrill at the Merrill Engineering Laboratories, 2390 South Tejon Street, Englewood, Colorado, and is now recorded on the list of IEEE Milestones in electronic engineering and as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers landmark.