History of IEEE Technology
This page will contain a variety of tidbits of information about
technology (within IEEE fields of interest), its development, and the
people who contributed - with a Toronto connection. The initial content
has been identified and is being converted to a web-based format as a
result of the preparations for the IEEE Toronto Centennial and the
multimedia show which was presented at the Centennial Banquet. During
the preparation of that show, not all the information collected could be
displayed. This space will allow this information to be made available.
(this page is being started on November 6, 2003 with one item)
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1922 Ted Rogers Sr. in his pioneering home telegraph station in 1922
as captured in the image to the right. Ted developed the AC vacuum tube which
led to his development of the first battery-less radio in 1925 which is
commemorated in a special stamp set - far right.
He also designed a special transmitter to use Rogers A/C Tubes and in 1927
radio station CFRB Toronto went on the air. The call-letters chosen by
Ted Rogers represent ‘Canada’s First Rogers Batteryless’. The broadcast
strength and strong clarity of CFRB, the first all-electric station in
the world, made it one of the best in North America. Please click for more
about Ted Rogers.
1944 Bill Lower
The left image is part of a larger picture in a history of RADAR collection
(click to view the entire picture) that records IEEE Toronto member Bill
Lower M.B.E. part in early radar use in WW1. For more on this subject, view
the Canadian History of Radar on the Canadian War Museum web site.
The right image is of a High Voltage 6 diode bridge - part of a
transmitter which communicated with the troops in Europe starting in
1944. In 1969 Bill was the general chairman of the International
Electrical & Electronics Conference and Exhibition (IEEC) in Toronto.
Later, as a director of IEEC inc, he was one of the key volunteers in
transforming IEEEC Inc. into the IEEE Canadian Foundation. Please click
for more about Bill Lower.
1974 Kenneth Iverson was a mathematician whose intense
fascination with words and syntax led him to create an early programming
language that inspired a generation of computer programmers.
International Business Machines Ltd. took note of what he had done, and in
1962 lured him from Harvard to develop APL as a language for use in its new
IBM System 360 mainframe computers. He took three colleagues along with him
to IBM -- Larry Breed, Roger Moore and Greg Rothwell -- who were later awarded
the Grace Hopper Award for the subsequent implementation of APL based
on the principles laid down by Mr. Iverson.
Initially, it was bundled with what are considered to be the world's first
microcomputers, made in Toronto by MCM Computers Ltd., in
1974 -- at least two years before Apple introduced its desktop machine.
Please click for more about Ken Iverson.