History of the IEEE Life Members Committee and Its Predecessors


Call for papers

The IEEE History Center seeks to engage a project historian to write a history of the IEEE Life Members Committee and its predecessors.  IEEE Life Members are those at least 65 years old and whose combined age and years of memberships is 100 or greater. The committee provides leadership in the identification of, and support to, the interests of life members (including future life members) in activities of IEEE.  The Life Members Committee is also responsible for the administration of the Life Members Fund in support of activities that are of professional concern and interest to Life members. It originated in the Life Members Fund Committee, established in 1944 by IEEE’s predecessor, AIEE. The IEEE is the world’s largest technical association for the advancement of humanity.

The successful candidate will write a narrative history of no more than 20,000 words, including tables, for publication on the IEEE History Center’s web site, the IEEE Global History Network (www.ieeeghn.org), and possible re-use in all or part in other venues.  The history should be written in an engaging style, suitable for a general rather than an academic audience.

Most, but not all, of the documentary material available at IEEE has been collected and is ready to be used.  This candidate will add to this material by additional research, most notably by conducting oral histories with appropriate individuals in the committee’s history.  Funding is available both for the project itself, and expenses (particularly for oral history and other travel.)


Graduate degree in history of technology or a related field;  experience in oral history; proven track record of success in public history projects, especially in meeting deadlines; and  in writing for a general audience;  and willingness to undertake limited travel as needed to complete the project.

Review of applications will begin on June 1, and continue until a proposal is accepted.

Please apply with a cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications for the project, a proposed budget and time frame, a relevant writing sample and the name of three references to

LMC History Project

IEEE History Center

Rutgers University

39 Union St.

New Brunswick NJ 08901


Deadline: June 1, 2014

Posted: June 07, 2014