International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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The passion of inventors

While the history of technology is often presented as the story of inventions, fundamentally it is really the story of people and the things they create because of their passion.


Inventors begin with curiosity about something and become passionate about it. Some inventions come from a single mind that history records and celebrates. Some come from teams whose members remain anonymous. But the basis remains the same: a problem to solve, an idea for a solution and some passionate person, or people, driving it all.


The history of technology is not merely the history of great inventors. Everybody who participates in technology advances it by participating in the history of science. Every contribution helps humankind further down the road toward the future.


As the science of electricity developed in the late 19th century, some saw the need for global standards. In June of 1906 a visionary group of people met in London to create a single international authority for electrotechnical standards. These were the 20 founding members of the IEC.


In the 20th century electricity became vital to industrializing economies and IEC ranks grew as the founding 20 members doubled, then tripled in number. Now we count more than 140 developed and developing countries.


Today, those who prepare IEC standards, and those from the IEC member national committees that oversee this work, serve more than 90 percent of the world’s population. Over six billion people are given the opportunity of living better lives every day thanks to those who participate in, and manage, IEC work.