Calendar: March-May 2009

Historic dates in technology and upcoming IEEE events

6 March 2009

Mar3 3 March

3: 1847: Birth date of Alexander Graham Bell, telephone inventor.

4: 1962: First nuclear power plant in Antarctica begins operating at McMurdo Sound.

6: 6–8 March: Region 3 meeting in Atlanta.

7: 1926: First radio-telephone call across the Atlantic Ocean is made, between London and New York.

10: 1891: Almon B. Strowger receives a patent for an electromechanical switch to automate a telephone exchange.

12: 12–14 March: Region 9 meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

15: 1892: Jesse W. Reno is granted a patent for an early type of escalator. 

17: 1849: Birth date of Charles Francis Brush, developer of an early arc-light system.

20: 1900: Nikola Tesla receives patent for the wireless transmission of electric energy.

21: 20 & 21 March: Region 6 meeting in Los Angeles. 

25: 1954: Radio Corp. of America announces it will begin producing color television sets.


1: 1972: Intel introduces the 8008, the first 8-bit microprocessor, used in early personal computers and calculators.

April 22 22 April

2: 1814: Birth date of Erastus B. Bigelow, developer of the power loom.

11: 1900: The U.S. Navy acquires its first submarine, which was propelled by electricity when submerged.

18: 18 & 19 April: Region 2 meeting in Youngstown, Ohio.

22: 1834: Birth date of Raimond Louis Gaston Planté, inventor of the rechargeable battery.

24: 24–27 April: Region 8 meeting in Venice. 

26: 1961: Robert Noyce receives a patent for the integrated circuit.

27:  IEEE’s 125th anniversary celebration in Munich.

30: IEEE’s 125th anniversary celebration in Austin, Texas.


May20 20 May

3: 3–6 May: Region 7 meeting in St. John’s, Nfld., Canada

5: 1861: Birth date of Peter Cooper Hewitt, inventor of the mercury-vapor lamp. .

11: IEEE’s 125th anniversary celebration in Boston.

13: IEEE marks the AIEE’s formation with  IEEE Engineering the Future Day.

16: 1960: Theodore H. Maiman demonstrates the first functioning laser at Hughes Research Laboratories, in Culver City, Calif..

18: 1845: France’s first  electromagnetic telegraph line goes into service, between Paris and Rouen.

20: 1851: Birth date of Emile Berliner, developer of the phonograph record.

21: 1873: Birth date of Hans Berger, the first person to record human electroencephalograms.

23: 1922: Birth date of Esther Conwell, the first woman to receive the IEEE Edison Medal, in 1997.

Historical events provided by the IEEE History Center.
IEEE events indicated in RED.
IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

Learn More