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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 →

Rare book: John Evans’s The Universal Medicine or the Virtues of my Magneticall or Antimoniall Cup

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian The image above is the frontispiece of The Universal Medicine or the Virtues of my Magneticall or Antimoniall Cup, and depicts the author, John Evans, a 17th century Welsh astrologer. First published in 1634,... Continue Reading →

Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875): The Playfair Cipher

Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) was the Professor of Experimental Philosophy at Kings College London and was renowned for his many inventions, including the English Concertina, an early electrical telegraph, the stereoscope, and a ‘Magic Harp’ that later inspired Alexander Graham... Continue Reading →

S.P Thompson Pamphlets: Electric Clocks

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The Silvanus Phillips Thompson pamphlet collection was collated and arranged by Thompson, the former President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and professor of physics at the City and Guilds Technical College in London.... Continue Reading →

Margaret Partridge – electrical engineer and ‘wicked adventuress’

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager As part of this year’s celebrations to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), volunteers and researchers have been drawing out the stories of women who worked in all sectors of... Continue Reading →

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