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Society of Telegraph Engineers

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25 Great George Street, London.

1871 The Society of Telegraph Engineers was created on 17 May at a meeting held in 2 Westminster Chambers, Victoria Street, London. The prime mover in this endeavour was Major Frank Bolton. He had been made an unattached major as a reward for his services to army signalling in 1868. At the first meeting Bolton and seven others attended including Edward Donald Malcolm. They appointed a President {Charles William Siemens (1823-1883)}, two vice-Presdents {Lord Lindsay (1847-1913) and Frank Ives Scudamore (1823-1884)}, a Council of eleven members, a Treasurer and Librarian, an Honorary Secretary (Frank Bolton) and two Auditors.

1872 William Siemens was president.

1873 Ives Scudamore was president.

1874 William Siemens was president.

1873 Cromwell Fleetwood Varley held the Chair.

1880 At the General Meeting of the Society on 22 December it was decided to alter the title to reflect the changes in electrical technology of the day and was renamed The Society of Telegraph Engineers and of Electricians.

1887 At a meeting of the Council on 10 November a motion was put forward to alter the name to the Institution of Electrical Engineers to reflect its status as the representative body of electrical engineers in England.

1889 On 1 January the Register of Joint Stock Companies issued a Certificate of Incorporation.


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