Sharing IEEE History with Open Access

Preserving and promoting the history of technology, the profession and IEEE is a privilege, duty and calling the IEEE History Center takes very seriously. Through its many targeted programs, the Center collects and disseminates information and resources that exemplify the impact and influence of technology and its relationship, both past and present, to society.

Each month one of the Ph.D. historians on staff at the IEEE History Center curates “Scanning Our Past” a special feature published in the subscription based journal Proceedings of the IEEE. These features explore the history of technology and the people associated with it from a social, political, economic, or culture context and are among the most read articles produced by IEEE.

L. Dennis Shapiro, an IEEE Foundation Board Member and avid reader of 'Scanning Our Past', made a philanthropic investment in the Center and sponsored the feature for six months. According to Dennis, “the objective is two-fold -- first, to continue to bring the feature to as wide an audience as possible at no additional cost to them, and second, to lead by example and hopefully motivate others to take a similar path and sponsor one or more issues in the interest of exploring the benefits of Open Access.” Read more about Dennis’ unique donation that made the following six “Scanning Our Past” features available via open access: 

You too can support the “Scanning Our Past” monthly feature in the Proceedings of IEEE ensuring the continued quality and expanding the reach of this highly valued history feature. Should you have interest in helping to continue the impact of this effort by sponsoring an issue or issues, please contact the IEEE Foundation at

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