Innovators Recognized at the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony

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Innovators Recognized at the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony
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Good awards ceremonies have certain elements in common: They evoke in us a sense of history, of amazement—who are these dazzling people and how did they get that way?—and of pleasure at being able to share their accomplishments, even if only for a brief moment. The IEEE Honors Ceremony, held at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City this past June, had all these elements, along with a good deal of fun.

The ceremony’s clever conceit was that one of Thomas Edison’s assistants had somehow crossed the space-time continuum to reveal that an IEEE precursor organization, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, had held a famous dinner at the hotel in 1902. Many turn-of-the-century electrotech stars attended that fete celebrating Guglielmo Marconi and his successful shortwave radio transmission of the Morse code for S, of which then-AIEE president George Steinmetz remarked, “Instead of sending messages across the seas by cables, he has succeeded in sending them across empty space through the luminiferous ether.”

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