History of the Department
Over 130 years of teaching, research and innovation
The department has a long and proud history as one of the leading institutions for electrical and electronic engineering. Discover some of the key events, notable people and pioneering research - from the Victorian era to the information age.
From the first generation to the modern age..
Evening classes in practical electricity first taught at Finsbury Technical College
City & Guilds London Institute opened in South Kensington
Hertha Ayrton becomes the first woman to present a paper at the Institution of Electrical Engineers
Imperial College founded
JT Irwin's parabolic reflector and hot wire microphone detects enemy aircraft from up to 100 miles
Alan Blumlein invents stereo sound, one of the most important advances in C20th audio engineering
The next wave
From human communication to human-computer interaction
Pulse code modulation, the digital representation of analogue sound, is invented by Alec Reeves
Colin Cherry's 'On Human Communicaion' influential in telecommunication and cognitive science
Eric Laithwaite, pioneer of magnetic levitation - tv lectures insipre a new generation of young engineers
Denis Gabor, inventor of holography, is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
New 'Management' degree features business and social studies to help train future engineering leaders
Bob Spence's 'Bifocal Display' - information visualisation techniques are now a familiar concept in modern computer interfaces.
Engineering for a changing world, and other planets..
Tony Constantinides awarded Palmes Academiques for pioneering work in digital signal filters
Testing begins on implantable prosthetic cochlear, an analogue chip developed by Chris Toumazou
NASA Phoenix misson to Mars. Tom Pike leads the building of a microscope to detect the presence of ice
Smart Energy Lab opens. £1M facility investigating smart control for future global energy needs
Student entrepreneurs continue to develop group projects such as BBOX and help solve real-world engineering problems
World class research including David Mayne's work in control theory help us achieve top ranking REF results