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IEE President: Sir Leonard Drucquer (1902-1975)

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The IET Archives have received a new acquisition: an album documenting Sir Leonard Drucquer’s Presidency of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), one of the two institutions that formed the IET in 2006. The album... Continue Reading →

Discover Learn Share: The Archives of Information Technology (AIT)

Guest Blog by Dr Tom Abram, Director – AIT AIT is an online digital database of oral history and documents from the UK IT and Telecommunications (Tech) industry. We are a charity, free to access, and aim to inspire, inform,... Continue Reading →

Sports Day at the Standard Telephones & Cables (STC)

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The UK summer conjures images of barbecues with family and friends, relaxing days on the beach, and the overzealous sunbather’s burnt skin. Yet, a UK summer is not complete without a sports day. The IET... Continue Reading →

Dollis Hill: The Life and Career of Tom Belcher

Guest Blog by Peter Belcher and Aisling O’Malley, IET Archivist Earlier this year, the IET Archives received a 'Handbook of Technical Information for Communications Engineers', issued to Post Office Engineering staff at Dollis Hill Research Station during the 1940s. This... Continue Reading →

Shining a light on William Edwards Staite

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist When two pieces of carbon are connected to a high voltage electricity supply, an arc of brilliant light is "struck" between them when they are a short distance apart. The first man to observe this... Continue Reading →

A H Midgley (1881-1961): A Brief Biography

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist Albert Henry Midgley is best known for his work on organ building. During the 1920s, Midgley saw commercial success in an organ he developed for cinemas and theatres, and his 1931 electric organ. However, Midgley’s... Continue Reading →

Gilbert of Colchester

By Anne LockerAnniversaries are an opportunity to bring people, organisations and places together. In 1903, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) celebrated the tercentenary of the death of William Gilbert (also known as William Gilberd) by presenting a... Continue Reading →

The DipEE Qualification

Guest blog by Peter M Hills  DipEE MSc CEng MIET Contact: petermhills@hotmail.com Throughout academia and industry there are many hundreds, maybe thousands, of engineers having the DipEE qualification. What is it and how was it achieved? DipEE is an long-standing but... Continue Reading →

De iride, or the rainbow

  The physicist and bibliophile Silvanus P Thompson is better known for his work on electric motors and the early history of electromagnetism. His library, now held at the IET, shows his interest in all areas of physics, especially optics... Continue Reading →

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