Proceedings of the IEEE has published works of many extraordinary visionaries and continues to attract top researchers and scholars. Armstrong, de Forest, Marconi, Mauchly, and Zworykin are just a few of the esteemed authors highlighted below.
In 1917, Edwin H. Armstrong was selected by the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) as the first recipient of its Medal of Honor. The young engineer–inventor was cited for his “work and publications dealing with the action of the oscillating and nonoscillating audion.”
In 1930, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) selected Frank Conrad as the recipient of the Edison Medal. He was cited “for his contributions to radio broadcasting and short wave radio transmission.” Earlier, in 1925, he had received the Morris N. Liebmann award from the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) as recognition for his research on radio receivers and short waves.
In 1922, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) selected Lee de Forest as the fifth recipient of its Medal of Honor. He was cited for “his major contributions to the communications arts and sciences, as particularly exemplified by his invention of that outstandingly significant device: the three-electrode vacuum tube, and his work in the fields of radio telephonic transmission and reception.”
The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Irving Langmuir in 1932 in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the understanding of surface chemistry.
In 1924, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) selected Michael I. Pupin as the seventh recipient of its Medal of Honor. He was cited for his “fundamental contributions in the field of electrical tuning and the rectification of alternating currents used for signaling purposes.”
In 1950, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) awarded its Medal of Honor to Frederick E. Terman. He was cited “for his many contributions to the radio and electronic industry as teacher, scientist, and administrator.”
In 1951, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) awarded its Medal of Honor to Vladimir K. Zworykin. He was cited “for his outstanding contribution to the concept and development of electronic apparatus basic to modern television.”