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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications,
St. John’s, Newfoundland, 25-27 July 2001

St. John’s, Marconi Exhibits

For more information, additional photos, many of the papers presented, and a roster of the attendees, see the IEEE Conference website

The 2001 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications (CHT2001) was the fourth in a series of workshops sponsored by the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center at Rutgers University.  The profound role telecommunications has had in shaping the modern world makes this an important topic of historical study.

The workshop was held at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada, an appropriate site for the conference. It was on Signal Hill in St. John’s on 12 December 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal, and 27 July 2001 was the 135th anniversary of the landing of the first successful transatlantic cable at Heart’s Content in Newfoundland.  Click here to jump to my Heart’s Content page.

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26 July 2001: Conference participants on the steps of Colonial Building, home of the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, where we visited the exhibit "An Unmistakable Sound", Marconi’s equipment and documents from the 12 December 1901 reception of the first transatlantic wireless signals.

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Michael Geselowitz
and Robert Chapuis
Bob Voss, Mischa Schwartz, Barney Finn Martin Collins and Barney Finn
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Donard de Cogan   Bernard Carlson
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Dave Morton, Chris Bissell,
Dave Hochfelder,
Mary Ann Hoffman
Alex Magoun Rik Nebeker
The museum visit was followed by a reception given for the conference attendees by Dr. Arthur Maxwell House, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, at Government House, his official residence.
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The Lieutenant-Governor’s postcard.   King George IV’s waterspout at Government House
The evening concluded with a visit to Signal Hill, where there were further
Marconi exhibits in the Cabot Tower.  Marconi’s 1901 receiving site was nearby
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Cabot Tower,
constructed in 1897
Looking across from Signal Hill
to the harbour mouth
Map of Signal Hill
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The Nebekers, Susan Aprill,
and Alex Magoun
The IEEE Electrical Engineering
Milestone plaque at Signal Hill
Martha Sloan
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A man, a plan, a kite - Marconi
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Barney Finn shows
Bryan Dewalt how to fold
a map in the wind
Canadian Marconi Company
Historic Marker
The group at Signal Hill
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Robert Chapuis View of St. John’s harbour from Signal Hill Lenore Symons, Sue Barnes,
and Wally Read
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Waves over Waves - Marconi exhibit in Cabot Tower Marconi, out of order The Marconi exhibit
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The ham radio station
in Cabot Tower
You are here Brian Bowers and Barney Finn
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Bill Burns, and the Big Rock at Signal Hill (photo by Trudy Levine - thanks to Trudy for hiking down the hill, and more important, back up the hill, with me!) A Newfie native at Signal Hill The dedication plaque in
Cabot Tower on Signal Hill
Special thanks to Wally Read, local arrangements supremo, for the outstanding job
he did in making all the Conference attendees welcome in Newfoundland.

Next page: Heart’s Content Cable Station Museum, 27 July 2001,
135th anniversary of the 1866 Valentia-Heart’s Content cable

Last revised: 19 June, 2021

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