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Dedicated Volunteers Enable Expansion
of IEEE Oral Histories

“IEEE Life Fellows: Capturing Oral History,” the IEEE History Center’s major oral history project is in full swing. This IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC) funded project, captures the life stories and career experiences of some of IEEE most distinguished members. After they are processed, they are shared publicly on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki
 
The IEEE History Center conducts oral histories with leading technologists to collect and memorialize significant contributions. According to Senior Director of the IEEE History Center Michael N. Geselowitz, Ph.D., “Oral histories share spoken commentaries through recorded interviews and represent a primary source of raw data that contributes indispensably to historical narratives. They capture memories of those who participated in historical events that might not be represented in other forms of historical documents.” 

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Student with a Passion for History
Students with a Passion for Engineering History

Donations to the IEEE Foundation enable, among other initiatives, IEEE programs that support and encourage the next generation of innovators. Two donor-supported programs that benefit the student, IEEE and those interested in the history of technology are, The IEEE Elizabeth & Emerson Pugh Young Scholar in Residence and The IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering.

The IEEE Elizabeth & Emerson Pugh Young Scholar in Residence program, enabled by a generous donation from its namesakes, provides research experience for students in the history of technology and engineering, while enlisting the help of promising scholars for the History Center’s projects.

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Peter Wild
Helping IEEE Preserve History

According to Peter J. Wild, his more than 50-year affiliation with IEEE has proven invaluable to his career.

“I became a member of IEEE after completing my studies as an electronics engineer at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland in 1964,” recalled Wild. He soon moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, US for work and to pursue further studies in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and was inducted into IEEE Eta Kappa Nu upon his graduation in 1968. “At the time, IEEE already had a broad spectrum of activities and interesting publications that helped me in my work as a product development engineer,” said Wild, who returned to Switzerland and began working in the then-new field of information displays using liquid crystals and subsequently in telecommunications. “As I’d changed my professional focus several times, IEEE publications and conferences helped me to get acquainted with new fields of work,” he said.

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“I contributed to the History Center Fund and hope it can continue doing its valuable work in preserving and adding not only Milestones, but also titles such as Oral and First-Hand Histories.”
Peter Wild
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