The IEC has presented its Thomas Edison Award to four individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the IEC.
- Norbert Bischof, Secretary TC 62, SC 62B, SC 62C
- Fabio Gargantini, Chair TC 61, Secretary SC 59L
- Masahide Okamoto, Secretary TC 91
- Helmut Myland, Secretary TC 20
Created in 2010, the Thomas Edison Award recognizes exceptional achievement, dedicated service and significant contributions to the IEC by officers in IEC technical committees and subcommittees as well as officers of the conformity assessment systems.
The awards were presented to Norbert Bischof, Fabio Gargantini and Masahide Okamoto during the 83nd IEC General Meeting in Shanghai, China. Helmut Myland will be presented his award by the IEC National Committee from Germany, DKE, later this year.
Norbert Bischof has been serving as secretary of IEC TC 62: Electrical equipment in medical practice, and SC 62B: Diagnostic imaging equipment since 2004 and of SC 62C: Equipment for radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and radiation dosimetry since 2015. IEC TC 62 is the largest technical committee managing about 146 active publications developed by more than 1400 experts.
Norbert Bischof is a passionate ambassador for IEC standardisation and has allowed the IEC to work successfully with various stakeholders and regional committees such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), International Medical Devices Regulator´s Forum (IMDRF) as well as to CENELEC TC 62 and the CEN-CENELEC Advisory Board for Healthcare Standards (ABHS).
Since 2016, he is Chair of TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances. For many years, he served as Chair of TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances and, since 1987, as Secretary of SC 59L: Small household appliances.
Masahide Okamoto is Secretary of TC 91: Electronics assembly technology for the past seven years. As TC 91 Secretary, he has led the development of 80 deliverables as well as 32 new project proposals.
Masahide Okamoto initiated the standardization work within IEC in areas such as device embedding assembly technology and design automation which have had a significant impact on the electronics industry. He predicted correctly the future impact of smart manufacturing on industry and recommended that TC 91 develop standards in this area.
Helmut Myland has been engaged in the standardization of high voltage cables for many years. Because of his outstanding expertise, Helmut Myland is a highly esteemed expert at the international level in TC 20: Electric cables. Since 2008 he has served as Secretary to TC 20.
Helmut Myland had demonstrated great dedication through his work in electrotechnical standardization.