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Institute of Radio Engineers

The Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) was a professional organization which existed from 1912 until December 31, 1962. On January 1, 1963 it merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).[1]


  • Founding 1
  • Merger 2
  • Medal of Honor 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Following several attempts to form a technical organization of Federal Communications Commission), and worked in close cooperation with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Radio Manufacturers Association, the Radio and Television Manufacturers Association, and the National Television System Committees on Standards. The IRE also started (in 1914) a program of professional recognition, through the membership grade of IRE Fellow. The first Fellow was Jonathan Zenneck (1871–1959), a pioneer of wireless telegraphy.


Until the early 1940s IRE was a relatively small engineering organization, but the growing importance of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was established in 1963. Several new professional organizations (such as the Society of Broadcast Engineers, SBE) were founded shortly thereafter by IRE and AIEE members who opposed the merger.

The first president of IRE was Robert H. Marriott, chief engineer of the Wireless Company of America. Other notable presidents of the IRE included Irving Langmuir (1923), John H. Morecroft (1924), Lee deForest (1930), Frederick E. Terman (1941), William R. Hewlett (1954), Ernst Weber (1959; also first president of IEEE, 1963) and Patrick E. Haggerty (1962).[2]

Medal of Honor

The IRE issued the IRE Medal of Honor each year which is now the IEEE Medal of Honor.


  1. ^ IEEE History Center: A Brief History of IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA. Retrieved on 10-06-2010.
  2. ^ IRE Presidents, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA. Retrieved on 10-06-2010.

External links

  • IEEE website
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