IET turns 150!

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) celebrates its 150th anniversary today.

Today (17 May 2021), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) celebrates its 150th anniversary and the rich history it holds dating back to 1871. To date, the IET has built a global community of 158,000 members, across 153 countries, spanning all disciplines of engineering and technology.

As one of the world’s oldest professional engineering institutions, the IET drives the sector across the globe to deliver solutions to advance all areas of society. Its heritage however is firmly rooted in electrical engineering and the foundation of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, which held its first meeting in London back in May 1871.

The Institution is made up from over forty predecessor organisations that can trace their history as far back as 1854 with the Society of Engineers (SoE). In 2005, the SoE was absorbed into the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and then later in 2006 the IIE merged with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) to form the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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