The IET in conjunction with the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, are holding a one-day seminar and evening lecture on the 1858 cable and later transatlantic communications links, including wireless and satellite
2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the first communications link laid beneath 1600 nautical miles of the Atlantic Ocean. That telegraph cable was the first in a series of cutting-edge technologies enabling fast and accurate communication between Britain and the United States of America, linking the old and new worlds.
To mark the occasion, the IET in conjunction with the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, are holding a one-day seminar and evening lecture on the 1858 cable and later transatlantic communications links, including wireless and satellite, on Tuesday 28th October 2008. Both events are open to the public and admission is free of charge, but pre-booking is a must. The programme is given below. Both events will be held in the Cardwell Theatre, MOSI and there will be a small exhibition on the history of transatlantic communications to accompany the event. To register for the seminar and/or the lecture, please contact Anne Locker (details given at the end of the email). SEMINAR 1000-1030 Arrival and coffee 1030-1045 Bob Martin-Royle :Chairman’s welcome, introduction and overview 1045-1115 Neil Barton: First steps to transatlantic – crossing the Irish Sea 1852-1854 1115-1130 Donard de Cogan: Background to the 1858 telegraph cable 1130-1145 Pauline Webb: John Pender and Manchester’s contribution 1145-1215 Donard de Cogan: Insights into the landing of the 1858 cable 1215-1230 Pat Wilson: Lord Kelvin’s contribution to submarine telegraphy 1230-1300 Questions and discussion 1300-1400 Lunch 1400-1430 Bob Martin-Royle: Marconi and the first transatlantic wireless links 1430-1515 Phil Kelly: TAT1 (includes film) – the first telephone cable 1515-1545 Tea 1545-1615 Des Prouse: Telstar – the birth of transatlantic satellite communications 1615-1630 Transatlantic communications: the present and future 1630-1700 Questions, discussion and closing remarks EVENING 1800-1830 Light refreshments 1830-1930 Nigel Linge: An interactive public lecture on “The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – the birth of global communications” 1930- 2000 Questions and closing remarks contact person:
Anne Locker IET Archivist The Institution of Engineering and Technology www.theiet.org/archives
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