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American Among Recipients of 2004 IEC Lord Kelvin Award

William Radsky honored for work in man-made high power electromagnetic phenomena

Seoul / Geneva, Oct 22, 2004

News item reprinted with permission of the IEC

Dr. William A. Radasky of the United States and Professor Antonio Bossi of Italy were today awarded the 2004 IEC Lord Kelvin Award in a ceremony held in Seoul during the IEC 68th General Meeting. The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) traditionally bestows this distinction on members of its community for their outstanding contributions to global electrotechnical standardization over a number of years.

William Radasky is considered as one of the world’s greatest experts on standardization to protect civilian equipment, systems and installations from threats by man-made high power phenomena including the electromagnetic (EM) fields produced by nuclear detonations at high altitude. He is also recognized for his numerous achievements in forming a unique group of the world’s leading people in science and technology working to produce IEC standards in the field of high power EM transients. He encouraged people from more than a dozen countries, including Russia, the USA and China, to work together on IEC standards for protection against EM fields that result from high altitude nuclear explosions (HEMP) and against effects from Intentional EM Interference (IEMI), which is sometimes described as EM terrorism. Radasky is a member IEC TC 77 (Electromagnetic compatibility) and has been Chairman of IEC SC 77 (High power transients) since 1992. He contributed to the creation of a series of 14 publications and participated on all 17 of the project teams involved in this project while being project leader of five of them. As Chairman of the IEC’s Advisory Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility (ACEC), Radasky has worked with its members to serve the needs of IEC product committees and has been deeply involved in organizing IEC EMC workshops. In addition, he has made exceptional contributions to promoting the IEC to industry and business around the world through many special sessions at technical conferences.

A well-known international consultant in the field of large synchronous generators, power transformers, reactors, switchgears and power cables, Antonio Bossi’s involvement in the IEC started in the 1970s when he became Assistant Secretary of Technical Committee 33 (Capacitors) and Secretary of Subcommittee 32A (Fuses). For many, Bossi’s most important contributions to the IEC come from his work with TC 38 (Instruments transformers). He was Chairman of this TC from 1984 up to the end of his mandate in 1992. In 2003, Bossi was re-elected Chairman of TC 38 and, at present, is also Vice Chairman of TC 14 (Power transformers). As such, he has participated actively in the work of this TC, who as a member of a few working groups was charged to revise the IEC 60076 series of standards, especially those concerning insulation requirements and dielectric tests and temperature rise. As a member of Management Team 20 of TC 10 (Fluids for electrotechnical applications), Bossi is also contributing to the current revision of IEC 60599 (Mineral oil-impregnated electrical equipment in service - Guide to the interpretation of dissolved gases analysis) to assure the liaison with TC 38 (Instrument transformers).

Since 1995, the date of its creation, the Lord Kelvin Award has established itself as a landmark within the electrotechnical community. The IEC Lord Kelvin Award is named after the famous British scientist and engineer who played a vital role in the founding of the Commission in 1906 and became its first president. The award marks exceptional contributions by individuals to IEC work. A maximum of three awards may be granted each year for qualities such as leadership, remarkable contribution to the growth, development and promotion of IEC systems and standards, and outstanding services rendered to the IEC over a long period of time (at least five years).

Biographical information
Dr. William Radasky received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering (specialty in electromagnetics) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1981. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering in the State of California, and holds senior membership in several national and international professional and standardization associations. Radasky has published more than 260 reports, conference papers and popular press articles as well as numerous technical papers in industry magazines dealing with high-power EM transients and the work of the IEC. In 2003, in work to support a Congressional Commission in the United States, Radasky strongly recommended the use of IEC EMC immunity standards to supplement those EMC standards ordinarily applied in the United States.

Professor Antonio Bossi received his engineering degree in 1948, after which he worked with Edisonvolta Company (an electric utility of the Edison Group) in Milan until 1963. He then moved to the Electrical Research Department of ENEL, the Italian National Electricity Board, where he began advanced studies and guided extensive research programs on power and measuring transformers, power cables and capacitors. A lecturer in Construction of Electrical Machines and Electrical Measurements at the University of Pavia, Italy, since 1978, Bossi left ENEL in 1985. He has authored many technical papers presented at international conferences and published by technical journals, as well as of a number of technical books on electrical machines, testing techniques and electric installations.

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