The IEEE Milestones program honors significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE.  It is a program of the IEEE History Committee, administered through the IEEE History Center. Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity found in unique products, services, seminal papers and patents.

On January 21 at 3.30 pm, by the Politecnico di Torino, and in live streaming (, it will be held the dedication ceremony for the Milestone “Rotating Fields and Early Induction Motors, 1885-1888” with citation:

“Galileo Ferraris, professor at the Italian Industrial Museum (now Polytechnic) of Turin, conceived and demonstrated the principle of the rotating magnetic field. Ferraris’ field, produced by two stationary coils with perpendicular axes, was driven by alternating currents phase-shifted by 90 degrees. Ferraris also constructed prototypes of two-phase AC motors. Rotating fields, polyphase currents, and their application to induction motors had a fundamental role in the electrification of the world.”

The program includes an opening session with the participation by the Politecnico di Torino of the Rector Guido Saracco, the Major of Livorno Ferraris and Vice Rector for Research Stefano Corgnati, and the Vice Rector for Culture and Communication Juan Carlos De Martin, and by IEEE of the 2021 President Susan Kathy Land, 2021-2022 Region 8 Director Antonio Luque, 2019-2021 Italy Section Chair Bernardo Tellini, and Italy Section History Activity Coordinator Antonio Savini. Then it will follow a series of interventions on the figure and contribution of Galileo Ferraris by Marco Mezzalama Emeritus Professor at Politecnico, Paolo Ferraris past professor at the Politecnico, Michele Tartaglia past professor at Politecnico, and Gerard Capolino professor at University of
Picardie “Jules Verne”.

The closing session will be done by the IEEE President Susan Kathy Land, with the unveiling of the plaque by Tiziana Tambosso IEEE Italy Section past-chair and Alberto Tenconi professor at Politecnico.



IEEE Milestones Program: Milestone Galileo Ferraris – January 21, 2021