International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

December 2012



IEC Lord Kelvin Award laureate Giovanni Nozza

At the end of November 2012, the Italian IEC NC (National Committee) announced the death of a valued and distinguished member of the standardization community and former Lord Kelvin Award laureate, Giovanni Nozza, at the age of 87.

Total commitment to IEC standardization

Giovanni Nozza’s involvement in IEC standardization work spanned more than 50 years. Several IEC TC/SCs (Technical Committees/Subcommittees) benefited from his great expertise and experience. Over the years, Nozza participated in the work of IEC TC 17: Switchgear and controlgear, and IEC TC 23: Electrical accessories, and their SCs.


Until very recently he was also active in IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock, and was Convenor of two TC 64 maintenance teams, MT 12: Verification of electrical installations, and MT 22: Isolation, switching and control (now disbanded), as well as Convenor of the corresponding CENELEC mirror working groups.


He was also a member of IEC TC 64 MT 3: External influences, and MT 9: Disconnecting times and related matters.


Professionally, Giovanni Nozza had been in charge of the Standardization division of BTicino for many years. BTicino, an Italian company that operates in the field of electrical low voltage equipment used for residential, employment and production, proposes solutions for energy distribution, communication and light, sound, climate and security control.


Upon retirement, Nozza became a consultant to the Italian National Committee of the IEC for its TC 64 mirror technical committee.

Lord Kelvin Award, 1906 Award

n 1996, Giovanni Nozza was awarded the IEC Lord Kelvin Award for his exceptional long-term achievements in his work with the IEC.


Created and first awarded in 1995, the IEC Lord Kelvin Award is named after the IEC's distinguished first President, William Thompson, The Rt. Hon. Lord Kelvin. It is the IEC's highest tribute and is awarded primarily in recognition of the long-term technical contributions that outstanding individuals have made to the Commission.


Ten years later, Nozza was one of the recipients of the IEC 1906 Award. The award, established in commemoration of the Commission’s foundation in 1906, honours technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC. Each year a maximum of five awards may be granted per TC, including its various subcommittees.


Giovanni Nozza will be remembered by all his colleagues in the standardization community with great affection and appreciation both for his humanity, dedication and immense expertise.


About IEC TC 64

IEC TC 64 prepares International Standards concerning protection against electric shock arising from equipment, from installations and from systems without limit of voltage. IEC TC 64 works on the design, erection, foreseeable correct use and verification of all types of electrical installations at supply voltage up to 1 kV a.c or 1,5 kV d.c., except those installations covered by the following IEC committees:

  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railway
  • IEC TC 18: Electrical installations of ships and of mobile and fixed offshore units
  • IEC TC 44: Safety of machinery - Electrotechnical aspects
  • IEC TC 97: Electrical installations for lighting and beaconing of aerodromes
  • IEC TC 99: System engineering and erection of electrical power installations in systems with nominal voltages above 1 kV a.c. and 1,5 kV d.c., particularly concerning safety aspects

IEC TC 64 also works in co-ordination with IEC TC 99 on the design, erection and verification of electrical installations of buildings above 1 kV up to 35 kV.


IEC International Standards prepared by IEC TC 64 lay down requirements for installation and co-ordination of electrical equipment; basic safety requirements for protection against electric shock for use by technical committees; safety requirements for protection against other hazards arising from the use of electricity; provide general guidance to IEC member countries that may have need of such requirements; and aim to facilitate international exchanges that may be hampered by differences in national regulations.



  • Giovanni Nozza
  • Giovanni Nozza (left), with Paul Galbraith, at the TC 64 MT 9 meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, November 2010, the last meeting he attended
  • Giovanni Nozza at the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of CEI (Italian National Committee of IEC)



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