IEEE Fellow is a special membership status ( English Membership grade ) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) . This honorary membership is awarded by the IEEE Board of Directors to persons with exceptional performance in an area of interest of the IEEE. The annual number of new appointments never exceeds one per thousand of the total number of voting members of the institute. At the beginning of 2018, the directory of IEEE Fellows showed a total of 9,804 people, with the number of members exceeding 423,000.
The membership status of Fellow was already awarded in the predecessor organizations of the IEEE of the AIEE (from 1912) and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE, from 1914) to people who have made a special contribution to a certain area. At that time it was possible to apply directly for the status of fellow. However, the prerequisites and, above all, the procurement guidelines changed over the years and from 1938 (IRE) and 1952 (AIEE) it was only possible by direct proposal from the Board of Directors. With the merger of the AIEE and the IRE in 1963, the Fellows of the AIEE and IRE automatically received the status of “Fellow of the IEEE”.
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