IEEE Presents Henry P. Hall with the 2004 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Electrical Measurement | Automation.com

IEEE Presents Henry P. Hall with the 2004 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Electrical Measurement

June 082004
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Cleveland, Ohio – June 8, 2004 – The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Henry P. Hall as the recipient of the 2004 IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement. Hall, a retired scientist at GenRad, Inc., is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the development of impedance bridges and standards and to the application of microprocessors to impedance measurement science. His breakthrough contribution was to apply then-new microprocessor technology to the field of electrical measurement, rendering impedance measurement instruments far faster while simultaneously dramatically reducing their cost.

The award, sponsored by Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI) in memory of the company's founder, is presented for outstanding contributions in the field of electrical measurement. It consists of a bronze medal, a certificate, and a cash prize of $10,000.

Hall first worked for General Radio Company in Concord, Massachusetts, (later GenRad, Inc., and now part of Teradyne), while he was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.

He became a full-time development engineer in the impedance measurement group in 1952, advancing to group leader in 1964. In 1969, Hall elected to focus on research by working as an engineering staff consultant. He later became senior principal engineer and then senior staff scientist, which was his title from 1978 until his retirement in 1993.

One of the instrumentation field’s most productive innovators, Hall has spearheaded the development of more than 16 manual and automatic general-purpose and precision bridges and meters. He holds eight patents and has published more than 40 articles.

Criteria considered by the award’s IEEE Evaluation Committee include significance of achievement, originality, impact on society, impact on the profession, and publications and patents relating to the achievement. The award is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board and is independent of Keithley Instruments.

About the IEEE
The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has created more than 850 active consensus standards, and sponsors or cosponsors more than 350 technical conferences each year. Additional information about the IEEE can be found at www.ieee.org.

About Keithley Instruments, Inc. With more than 50 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments (www.keithley.com) has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio frequency) geared to the specialized needs of electronics manufacturers for high performance production testing, process monitoring, product development, and research. By building upon our strength in electrical measurement solutions for research, Keithley has become a production test technology leader for the semiconductor, wireless, optoelectronics, and other precision electronics segments of the worldwide electronics industry. The value we provide to our customers is a combination of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality, throughput, and yield of their products.
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