Atoms are still the same size!

In 2020, the IET celebrated its 150th anniversary. It was formed in the distant past (1871) as the Society of Telegraph Engineers, to help to disseminate Electrical and Telegraphic Science and regulate the practitioners of the day ... to improve the chaos and charlitainism that had existed in the previous 40yrs. Today's 'technology' products are all based on a platform of Microelectronics and Moore's Law but as a concept they only entered the language around 1965. But after 60yrs they are concepts that are wearing thin today ... as process geometries approach that of the atom. This talk will look back over the history of Electronics, dwelling on where we are today, before gazing a little into the future. 


Professor Ian Phillips

Formerly Principal Staff Engineer at ARM UK, working in the Research Department, Ian retired in 2017. He spent a career in UK microelectronics design, commencing as a MOD apprentice in 1965 ... a career fortuitously aligned with Moore's Law. Though always based in the UK, his work involved collaborating with other UK, European, US and Japanese companies to deliver the ever-important Products; the role of the Design Engineer in business. In his later years his work took him into methodology which in turn led to collaboration with many UK and European Universities, as well as consultation to UK and EU Government bodies. He has been a Visiting Prof. at Plymouth, Bath and Liverpool Universities, and is a Fellow of the IET and IMA, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He retired from IET Council at the end of September after serving a maximum term of 6yr. He now enjoys the benefits of living in this beautiful part of the world 24/7. 


This event will take place in RLB Jill Craigie  LT (cinema).


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


21 Nov 2023

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 11/21/2023 18:30 11/21/2023 20:30 Atoms are still the same size! This talk will look back over the history of Electronics, dwelling on where we are today, before gazing a little into the future. Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK


Devon and Cornwall Local Network


University of Plymouth (RLB)

Roland Levinsky Building
United Kingdom


Refreshments and networking - 18:30

Presentation - 19:00



Free of charge

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