Calendar: March-May 2012

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events

5 March 2012


Mar25 25 March

3–4: Region 10 meeting in Kolkata, India.

5: 1827: Alessandro Volta, inventor of the chemical battery, introduced as the voltaic pile, dies.*

15: 1892: Inventor Jesse W. Reno patents the escalator.

16–18: Region 3 meeting in Orlando, Fla.

25: 1928: Birth date of astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of NASA’s Apollo 13 mission.

31–1: April: Region 8 meeting in Berlin.


Apr11-14 11-14 April

1: 1976: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer Co., which would revolutionize personal computing and mobile devices.

9: 1919: Birth date of John Presper Eckert, codesigner of the ENIAC, EDVAC, and UNIVAC computers.

11–14: Region 9 meeting in Mexico City.

16: 1956: Admiral Corp. sells the first solar-powered radio.

25: 1874: Birth date of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi.

21–22: Region 5 meeting in Tulsa, Okla.

27–29: Region 7 meeting in Montreal.


25 May

1: 1947: The first U.S. radar for commercial and private aircraft is demonstrated aboard a Trans World Airlines plane in Culver City, Calif.

7: 1958: The first practical internal pacemaker is implanted in a dog by IEEE Life Fellow Wilson Greatbatch and colleagues at a Veterans Administration hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

9: 1850: Birth date of Edward Weston, cofounder of Weston Electric Light Co., a maker of arc light systems. In 1883 Weston would help illuminate New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

11: 1997: Deep Blue, an IBM computer, beats world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a match.

19: 1971: The Soviet Union launches Mars 2, the first spacecraft to be crash-landed on Mars.

23: 1908: Birth date of John Bardeen, the only person to receive two Nobel prizes in physics—one in 1956 for helping invent the transistor, the other in 1973 for contributions to the BCS (Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer) theory of conventional superconductivity.

25: 1961: U.S. President John F. Kennedy challenges Congress to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade.

*this copy has been corrected from the version that ran in the March print issue.

Historical events provided by the IEEE History Center.
IEEE events indicated in RED.

Photo: Top: NASA; Middle: iStockphoto; Bottom: White House Press Office

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