Milestones:Milestones Status Report

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This is an ongoing report showing the status of Milestones in the various stages of the process. It will be continually updated by IEEE History Center staff. Milestones are listed with their docket numbers. The IEEE Region and the sponsoring organizational unit are shown in parentheses. Please note the titles given here are shortened or working titles, not the full or official titles. While in the approval process, proposals and nominations have a History Committee advocate assigned to them, whose initials are given in brackets. Proposals in progress can be viewed on the IEEE Global History Network at: The nominations in progress can be viewed at:


Total dedicated milestones: 120, dedicated special citations: 1

Total Approved milestones: 129, approved special citations: 1

                                       A. ADVOCATES NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING MILESTONES:

                                        B. STATUS (Independent of whether or not Advocate assigned)

                                        B.1. Proposals Received Awaiting Approval

2011-06 First Industrial Scale Nuclear Reactor [EJ] (R6 Richland Section)

                                        B.2. Proposals Approved; Awaiting Nomination Packages

2011-01 High-Temperature Superconductivity [DB] (R8 – Switzerland Section)

2011-05 Rincon del Bonete [LF] (R9 – Uruguay Section)

2012-03 Krka-Sibenik Power System [EJ] (R8 Croatia Section)

                                          B.3. Nominations Awaiting Advocate Approval

2011-07 First Laptop Computer [APZ] (R10 – Tokyo Section)

2012-01 First Optical Fiber Laser and Amplifier [DM] Photonics Society

          B.4. Nominations Approved by Advocates and Awaiting Finalized Citations Approval from Nominators

2011-03 Bell Telephone Laboratories [AM] (R1 – New Jersey Section)

                                    B.5. Nominations Ready for History Committee Action

2012-02 Invention of Holography [FA-H] (R8, UKRI Section)

                               B.6. Nominations Ready for Board of Directors Action

                       B.7. Dedications Scheduled or Being Planned, all Approvals Having Been Received

2009-09 First Reliable HV Fuse, 3 August 2012 (R4 – Chicago Section)

2011-08 Floating Gate EEPROM, 21 August 2012 (R6, Santa Clara Valley Section)

2009-05 Bose experiments in radio, 14 September 2012 (R10 – Central India)

2009-04 Raman Effect, 15 September 2012 (R10 – Central India Section)

2009-06 Bar Code, October or November 2012 (R2 Philadelphia Section)

                 B.8. DEDICATIONS HELD IN 2012 (For a list of all Milestones dedicated, see List of Dedicated Milestones )

2010-04 Field Effect Electron Microscope 31 January 2012 (R10 -- Tokyo)

2010-03 G3 Facsimile, 5 April 2012 (R10 – Tokyo Section)

2011-09 Low Loss Optical Fiber, 1 May 2012 (R1 -- Photonics Society)

2011-02 B&O Railroad electrification 21 June 2012 (R2 – Baltimore Section)

2010-10 LORAN, 27 June 2012 (R1 – Boston Section)

2010-11 Whirlwind Computer 27 June 2012 (R1 – Boston Section)

2011-04 SAGE system, 27 June 2012 (R1 – Boston Section)


2009-07 Eel River HVDC Converter (R7) 24 February 2011
2009-12 Mercury Spacecraft controls 24 February 2011 (R5)
2010-01 SPICE Circuit Simulation Program 20 February 2011 (R6)
2010-05 Discovery of Superconductivity 8 April 2011 (R8)
2008-18 Marconi’s First Wireless Experiments, 29 April 2011 (R8)
2010-06 Pearl Street Station, 10 May 2011 (R1)
2010-08 Lunar Module 20 July 2011 (R1)
2009-13 First Satellite Broadcast to the Public, 18 November 2011 (R10 – Tokyo Section)
2010-09 Real-Time Packet Switching 8 December 2011 (R1 – Sig Proc Soc.)
2010-02 Apollo Guidance Computer 13 December 2011 (R1 Boston Section)

                                           C. MILESTONES UNDER DEVELOPMENT

                C.1. Proposals in Process, but Which Have Not Been Completed/Submitted

Harrison’s Clock (R8- UKRI) 

                       C.2. Proposals Under Development (that we are aware of)

Perpendicular Magnetic Recording, 1977

Cellular radio

First All-Electronic Television Broadcasts (BBC)

Keage Hydroelectric Power Plant, 1891

London to Adelaide telegraph line 

Weston meters

Charles Kao optical fiber (UKRI)

John Logie Baird television (UKRI)

Photovoltaic effect (R8 – France) 

                                                         D. OTHER MILESTONES ACTIVITY

First AIEE meeting, Philadelphia (History Center staff submitted application for Pennsylvania State Historical Marker, but State Historical and Museum division rejected it because AIEE/IEEE not Pennsylvania corporation and the meeting had no specific effect on Pennsylvania history.)

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