CIGRE Members' Obituaries

Pr. George Karady


In memoriam Prof. George KARADY and Thomas PRAEHAUSER

Thomas Praehauser

We sadly learned of the death of Thomas PRAEHAUSER, a member of the Swiss National Committee, who was Chairman of Study Group 15 (Materials for Electrotechnology) from 1986 to 1992.

He was a member of the Technical Committee under the chairmanships of K. H. SCHNEIDER (1984-1990) and Michel CHAMIA (1990-1996).

CIGRE extends its condolences to his family and loved ones.

Prof. George Karady

Remembering George Karady, a power electronics leader

George Karady, a professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and an expert in power electronics, high-voltage engineering and power systems, has passed away.

Throughout the course of his career, Karady has helped lead research on microgrids, specifically re-engineering infrastructure to effectively generate, transmit and distribute power from renewable energy sources to cities, towns and neighborhoods. In addition to exploring technical solutions for efficient microgrid systems, he sought out ways to make them economically feasible and to ensure their reliability and security.

Among his many contributions to the field, Karady invented a specialized type of instrumentation device — known to colleagues as a “Karady Cage” — used to measure minuscule electrical discharges even in the presence of up to a million volts.

A respected engineer, educator and researcher

After around 30 years of working in industry, Karady joined the Arizona State University faculty in 1986 as the Power Systems Chair. In this role, he changed the way engineering students were being educated and prepared for the workforce. With experience in industry and academia, Karady helped shape engineering education at ASU to reflect industry needs so graduates would be better able to find jobs. Karady included his students as co-authors on his published research to provide them with opportunities to present papers at international conferences and gain recognition in their field before graduating.

He also architected ASU’s EEE 360 course, which introduces the subject of electric power engineering to undergraduates.

No one fell asleep in his classes, recalls Gerald Thomas Heydt, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of electrical engineering and distinguished sustainability scientist. Heydt says Karady loved to call out at top volume, “Ladies and gentlemen, look at this …” and he would hold up some object from the electric power business.

Stephen Phillips, director of the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, notes, “George was always happy to meet with students and often had a crowd in his office during office hours. His long-standing contributions to senior design project mentoring and graduate student supervision will be missed by many.”

Karady was also dedicated to improving online and computer-based education. In 2011, Karady worked with Keith Holbert, associate professor of electrical engineering, to explore ways to get students more actively engaged in their education through a “computer-based classroom” model, which drew attention and recognition from their peers. Karady and Holbert’s ideas are detailed in “Strategies, Challenges and Prospects for Active Learning in the Computer-Based Classroom,” which won them the 2010 Transactions on Education Best Paper Award from the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest professional engineering organization.

Karady was highly involved in IEEE and rose to become an IEEE Fellow, the highest distinction bestowed to members of the prestigious professional organization. Throughout the course of his membership, Karady earned numerous IEEE awards, including the Power Engineering Society Distinguished Individual Service Award for his many years of leadership and dedicated service to the Substations Committee, which develops standards to improve the performance and reliability of high-voltage power electronics technology worldwide. He also served as chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Power Electronics Subcommittee.

Karady was an active member of the International Council on Large Electric Systems, or CIGRE, for many years. The international non-profit association based in Paris, France, promotes collaboration with experts to share knowledge and improve electric power systems.

In his more than 30 years teaching at ASU, Karady was well respected by his students and colleagues.

"George was a genuine university citizen who deeply understood and appreciated the important impacts that faculty can have in generating ideas and knowledge, transmitting that knowledge to students and advancing his discipline both through his research and in the students who benefited from his instruction," says Kyle Squires, dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. "He will indeed be sorely missed."

In fall 2016, Karady collaborated with Abdul Kashif Janjua, an exchange scholar from the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy, to find an equilibrium between affordable electricity bills for customers and profits for utility companies using solar energy storage.

“[Karady] was [the] most supportive, helpful and encouraging professor,” Kashif says. “[Karady’s] knowledge and experience with electrical systems can be rarely found even in the best universities of the world and he was not reluctant to share each of his experiences related to our field.”

Karady cherished his relationships with students, thriving on their energy and enthusiasm for life. Because he emigrated from Hungary, many of his international students relied on him for advice and confided in him on a personal level. He often visited his international students in their home countries after they graduated and returned abroad.

During his time at ASU, Karady advised 23 doctoral and 57 master’s students. He published several book chapters, 136 journal papers and 226 conference papers. He is also co-author of the book “Electrical Energy Conversion and Transport: An Interactive Computer-Based Approach” with his longtime collaborator Keith Holbert.

Stephen Goodnick, professor of electrical engineering in the Fulton Schools and the deputy director of ASU Lightworks in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, remembers Karady was part of the search committee that hired him for the electrical engineering department chair position at ASU in 1996.

“His contributions to ASU and its power engineering program over the last 30 years are enormous in all respects, teaching, research and service,” Goodnick says.

Globetrotting engineer, teacher and Renaissance man

Karady was born in Hungary and earned his BSEE and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest. He later received an honorary doctorate from that university in 1996.

After teaching at the University of Budapest, Karady’s academic and industry experience took him to many places — teaching in Baghdad, Iraq, and Manchester, England, and then working at Hydro Quebec in Montreal, Canada.

Karady served as chief consulting electrical engineer, manager of electrical systems and chief engineer of computer technology with Ebasco Services, an energy infrastructure design company, which had its offices at the World Trade Center. As part of the Ebasco team, he worked as electrical task supervisor for the Tokomak Fusion Test reactor project. After that project, Karady returned to the World Trade Center where his office was on the 96th floor.

Karady had an adventurous side and enjoyed participating in sports, such as swimming, sailing and black diamond skiing. He even tried skateboarding once when a student brought a skateboard to class, which sent a chuckle through the room.

“He was also a very good friend and a person of culture who appreciated good music, art and food,” Goodnick says. “We enjoyed many evenings together with George and [his wife] Iris attending the Phoenix Opera over the years. His presence will be greatly missed.”

He also enjoyed gourmet cooking, listening to classical music, attending theater events and the opera in Phoenix and at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Traveling was also a passion for the revered professor. Together Karady and his wife Iris Feldman visited more than 30 countries on six continents over his lifetime.

Karady was fluent in German and French in addition to English and Hungarian.

Gerald Heydt remembers a case at a technical meeting in Berlin where Karady gave a presentation in German, accepted questions in French and English and recognized an attendee in the audience from Budapest whom he greeted in Hungarian.

Karady was truly a Renaissance man and will be sorely missed by colleagues, students, friends and family.

On June 10, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones, Karady died of heart failure at age 87 while traveling in London.

George Karady is survived by his wife, Iris Feldman; son Gyuri Karady; grandchildren Mathias and Lara Karady; step-children Steven Feldman and his wife ,Mary Feldman, Stacey Anderson and her husband, Dave Anderson; and step-grandchildren Zachary Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Lucy Feldman, Maxwell Feldman and Tiki Feldman, to whom he is affectionately known as “Muki” George. He also leaves two brothers, Sandor Karady and Victor Karady.

In lieu of flowers, Karady’s family requests that contributions be made to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital When In Need Grandmas Serve program, known as WINGS. Contributions should include the note “In memory of George Karady” and be sent to or PCH Foundation, 2929 E. Camelback Road Suite 122, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

George Karady


In memoriam dr. A.N. ZOMERS, C.Eng, FIEE, SMIEEE

He started in CIGRE in 1985 as the Dutch representative in Study Committee 23 (now B3) "Substations". He has been chairman of the Dutch CIGRE National Committee on Substations for over 10 years. He has successfully convened the then semi-permanent Working Group on Substations Secondary Equipment for over 10 years, and stimulated younger engineers to assume leadership oftask forces on specific subjects. During these years he published with co-authors a number of papers on digital control systems and substation renovation from a utility perspective.
He made contributions to plenary sessions and acted as special reporter, chairman of CIGRE's National Committee "Substations", member of symposium and colloquium organising committees, member of the Strategic Advisory Group, and convener of the Tutorial Advisory Group of this Study Committee.
He wrote a book on rural electrification and has been energy adviser for the Dutch Government during two decades. After the reorganisation of CI GRE 's technical activities in 2005 · he was invited to also join the new Study Committee C6 on Distribution and Dispersed Generation as an expert member to address the electrification of rural and remote areas. There he has been secretary or member of specific working groups, member of panels and keynote speaker, and chairman of the International Advisory Group on Rural Electrification. Together with other experts he prepared reports and papers for plenary sessions, and CIGRE and IEEE magazines. A recent contribution to Electra is an Invited Paper on the Global Electrification Challenge, written with three other experts. In 2013 he delivered the keynote presentation for the Super Session "Electricity Supply to Rural and Remote Communities" during the General Meeting of the IEEE/PES.
He is senior member of the Institution ofElectronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
For his work in CIGRE he received in 1996 the Technical Committee Award and the Distinguished Membership, and from Study Committee Substations the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Klaus-Peter MULLER

In memoriam Dr. Klaus-Peter MULLER

Klaus-Peter was very active in CIGRE: He was the German National committee representative from 2002 to 2004, and on the Administrative Council and Executive Committee (now Steering Committee) from 2000 to 2004.

He was awarded Honorary Member of Cigre in 2006.

He will be missed by the CIGRE community as an exceptional engineer and also as a friend to those who worked with him.

Eng. Lorenzo Thione

In memoriam Eng. Lorenzo THIONE

We regret to convey the sad news of the death of Lorenzo THIONE, past chairman of CIGRE Study Committee 33 “Power system insulation co-ordination” from 1996 to 2002, and prominent expert on high-voltage engineering and insulation coordination.

Lorenzo died suddenly at the age of 73 on December 25th. 

He had joined CIGRE in 1991, and has taken an important and active part in the CIGRE technical matters during many years. He became a CIGRE Honorary Member in 2002.

Our community has too soon lost a great talent and a charming man.

Dr. Fouad Taher

In memoriam Dr. Fouad Taher

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Fouad Taher returned to Egypt from the United States in 1951 with a vision to develop power systems to make electricity available to those in remote regions in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East who are deprived of this important necessity. 

While teaching at Cairo University in 1954, Dr. Taher was chosen by the Egyptian government to be a member of a study team to create a database of all electricity generating stations and distribution systems around Egypt, as well as electricity consumption in Egypt. From then, he left teaching and remained with the Government where he was able to make major contributions to the development of the electricity sector in Egypt. 

In 1961 he initiated the Department of High Voltage Projects under the Ministry of Public Works. As Managing Director of this Department he was responsible for planning and designing the first 220KV interconnected and unified electric power system in Egypt, using the database he had created.

Dr. Taher was also chosen as an expert to work with Russian engineers during the building of the Aswan High Dam in the Sixties. He was involved in the planning, design and routing of the new power system that would transmit electricity from Aswan northwards to Cairo, Alexandria and other regions, which consisted of 500KV, 220KV, and 132KV transmission lines and substations, over a distance of roughly 900km. It was the first time for transmission lines of such high voltage levels to go through a desert environment. 

In 1971, Egypt began to implement a Rural Electrification program. This was one of Dr. Taher’s ambitions and he was appointed Vice-President for Technical Affairs of this new Rural Electrification Authority. Based on his plans and designs of the electric power system and its components the project was implemented and executed in record time, making electricity accessible to almost 97% of the population in Egypt in about 30 thousand villages. 

With this extensive experience, he was requested in 1977 by the then recently created Electricity General Corporation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work as an in-house consultant. He was responsible for the planning and design of the Regional Electrification Projects, thus still fulfilling his ambition to develop electric power systems to make electricity available in remote regions. 

In 1982 he was called back to Egypt by the Government and appointed the first President and CEO of a newly formed consulting engineering firm, the first of its kind in Egypt, namely Electric Power Systems Engineering Company. He created this company from scratch, and it is now a well-established consulting house. He remained in the firm as a consultant for several years after retirement. 

Dr. Taher founded the Egyptian National Committee of the CIGRE, and remained as President until 2013. During his Presidency, he devoted himself to spreading knowledge and expertise through different CIGRE activities, not only in the Egyptian community but also promoted collaboration with Arab and African Regions. He initiated the African and Arab Regional Meetings that were held in Cairo and other Arab Countries including Jordan, Libya, Algeria, and Qatar.

During his Presidency of CIGRE, Egypt has been a member of the Administrative Council and the Executive Committee; he was behind Egypt hosting one of the Executive Committee Meetings in Cairo.

He was an Honorary Member of CIGRE and remained even after handing over the presidency.

Dr Taher has published a number of studies and research papers in CIGRÉ, as well as in IEEE, in the field of electric power systems. Following his interests, the main theme of these papers was the development of electric systems interconnections in Africa and the Middle East, as well as the harnessing of hydroelectric potentials for economic and social development in Africa.

In addition, he was also Member of the Egyptian National Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC), the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) and the International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED).

Dr. Taher was awarded the prestigious Egyptian national honours of the Decoration of the Republic for Electricity Research in 1954 and the Decoration of the Republic for services in the High Dam Project in 1972. He was a Distinguished Member of the CIGRÉ and a Life Fellow of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

Dr Taher will be sorely missed by those who knew him and by all the CIGRE community.

Viola Aziz

Secretary, Egyptian National Committee of CIGRE



Dr.-Ing. Walter F. Bückner

* January 9, 1922     † June 3, 2016

In memoriam Dr.-Ing. Walter F. Bückner

It was in 1975 when I met Walter Bückner for the first time. He was then head of GEA, a renowned transmission lines contractor, and I was looking for a job. My first real one after my engineering degree. My prospects of landing this important position (Export Manager) seemed remote due to my relatively young age and lack of experience, or so I thought. Walter Bückner thought differently. He gave me the opportunity to get into the transmission line business, a subject about which (like any university graduate) I had not the foggiest idea. That was the beginning of a long journey together.

The years have passed, the friendship has endured.  As has our “love” to transmission lines and conductor vibrations. And of CIGRE  to which Walter introduced me already in 1976, at the time he was convenor of the legendary working group 22-04; nota bene as his secretary. Because Walter had a remarkable ability to organize and lead. And to express himself clearly in unambiguous terms – all too clearly for some. “So that everybody knows immediately what’s what”, as he liked to say. That and much more besides which I learned from him has undoubtedly shaped my professional career and my life. Like his motto “First things first”; i.e. business – and “king” customer always comes first.

The fact that while successfully running a 2000-employee business, he also had time for scientific work (his imposing collection of publications is the best evidence) has always been a source of amazement –and inspiration- for me. And I have always envied him for the way he managed to keep himself so mentally and physically fit (he took up golf when he was over 60!) practically up to the end of his long life. But after all, that was his trademark: clear ideas, determination and dedication in every aspect of life, so to his family; even when things get rough. That, too, I learned from him.

Thank you Walter!

Dr.-Ing. Walter F. Bückner  (9. January 1922 – 3. June 2016) studied aeronautical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He received the doctoral degree from the Technical University of Munich in 1956 with a theoretical and practical investigation about “The dynamic behavior of the varying pressure between the current collector of the running electric locomotive and the railway catenary conductor”, an early indication about his future scientific interests on transmission lines.

In 1948 he joined SIEMENS, the department of transmission lines and electrical railway catenary lines and became head of this department 1965. He left SIEMENS 1970, to become technical director of GEA (now Omexom) in Fellbach near  Stuttgart, one of the leading German companies for design, construction and maintenance of distribution and transmission lines and substations in Germany and abroad, another important achievement of Walter Bückner by establishing the Overseas Division of GEA in 1975. In 1985 he retired from GEA and established his own transmission line consulting company, specializing in the optimal design of transmission lines, a very timely issue today.

Dr. Bückner become member of the German Standards Committee VDE 0210 (Transmission Lines) from 1950 till 1984 and Convenor of the CIGRE Working Group 22-04 (Endurance Capability of Conductors) from 1965 till 1985, an activity culminating in the publication in 1979 of the seminal Electra paper “Recommendations on the endurance capability of transmission line conductors”, introducing a new way of thinking in conductor fatigue. In 1992 he was the first Technical Committee Award recipient for the Study Committee of Overhead Lines for his outstanding contributions to the work of CIGRE. Typical for the man, he has published his last paper in 2012, also in  Electra, at the age of ninety (!), entitled “Transmission line engineering is booming”, which impresses with clarity, maturity and a wealth of information and is doubtless  a tribute to CIGRE and overhead transmission lines.

Dr.-Ing. habil. Konstantin O. Papailiou
Study Committee B2
(Overhead Lines)
Malters/CH in June 2016

«First things first»

Prof. Emeritus Francesco Iliceto

*1932        † 26th April 2016

In memoriam Prof. Emeritus Francesco Iliceto

Prof. Emeritus Francesco Iliceto, Distinguished Member of CIGRE, passed away on 26th April 2016 at the age of 84.

During his career, firstly in the Power utilities industry and since 1965 in the University of Rome “La Sapienza” as professor of Electrical Engineering until 2007, he continuously contributed to the technical and scientific progress in the field of electric engineering.

He was member of CIGRE since 1964 and life fellow of IEEE. He was author of several books and more than 100 technical papers on Electric power transmission.

In High Voltage and large electrical transmission System, led and developed several important Projects and System:

  • From 1961 to 1965, he was in charge of planning and designing the HVDC link between Sardinia and the Italian Mainland, at that time the largest monopolar DC scheme with seareturn of current (1000 A) in the world, which was upgraded in 1989 into the first three-terminal HVDC in the world, still in operation.
  • In 1965, he received the degree of Professor in Power System Analysis and joined the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
  • In the period from 1966 to 1971, he was abroad for a total of 12 months at the Bonneville Power Administration (Oregon U.S.A.) and at Chalmers Institute of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) as visiting professor.
  •  Since 1968, Prof. Iliceto has been serving as Technical Consultant in several countries, for planning of national power systems and design, testing and operation of long distance transmission networks. He has also served as Engineering Review Expert for various generation and transmission projects.
  • Since 1968, Prof. Iliceto has been consultant to TEK (the Turkish Electricity Authority) for planning, study, design and operation of the EHV and HV transmission system, and for the specification of the electromechanical parts of the power plants of Turkey.
  • In the 80s he developed, as a consultant for Volta River Authority (Ghana), a new innovative low cost system for rural electrification using shield wires. This system was adopted also in the sub-Saharan Africa, South America (Brazil) and Laos.
  • In co-operation with an Italian electromechanical manufacturer, he has introduced and field-tested in 1989 for the first time the variable MVAR output shunt reactor, designed with tapped windings and an on-load- tap-changer.
  • He developed in the 2000s a special protection scheme enabling for the synchronization of the Turkish network with the ENTSO-E.

He was a generous person and with beneficial spirit had founded a cultural association in 2009 in order to give scholarships to enable deserving researchers from various countries. The fund was being fed with its compensations received for his consultant activity.


Prof. Dr. Egon F. Peschke 

* February 08th, 1935      † May 22nd, 2016

In memoriam Prof. Dr. Egon F. Peschke 

Egon Peschke was born in Bohemia in 1935. Shortly after World War II he moved with his family to Munich, which became his second home. He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where he obtained his degree in 1959. After working for two years in AEG he joined TUM’s Department of High Voltage and Systems Engineering as a research associate. In 1968 he completed his doctoral studies and received his PhD.

In 1968 he started his career in industry at the Siemens AG cable factory in Berlin. Initially he headed the development of high and extra-high voltage cables and later became the chief manager of technology and development of the power cable business unit. In 1992 he was appointed director of Siemens AG. After working for Siemens for thirty years he retired in 1998.

From a technical point of view the three decades from 1968 to 1998 were one of the most interesting and demanding periods in the history of power cables. Never before had two completely different technologies characterised simultaneously the high voltage (HV) and extra-high voltage (EHV) cable field.

In the Seventies the well established paper insulated cables with liquid impregnation achieved an important step forward through their application to EHV bulk power transmission interconnections. Egon Peschke was very active in this field and as a result Siemens was able to deploy in 1977 the world’s first 380 kV fluid filled cable interconnection with direct water cooling in Berlin.

Over the same period Egon Peschke was responsible for the development of innovative EHV extruded cable systems with dry polymeric insulation. With great foresight he had provided for the early start of this work and was therefore able to successfully qualify these systems in a timely fashion. The results of this development were described in his paper “Extension of XLPE Cables to 500 kV based on progress in technology”, which received an award at JICABLE’95 as best contribution, and the first 400 kV XLPE cable bulk power transmission system was commissioned in Berlin in 1998.

At the end of his Siemens career in 1998 Egon Peschke published an important and comprehensive book entitled “Cable Systems for High and Extra-High Voltage”, a legacy of his extensive know-how regarding HV and EHV cables.

Throughout his career he was active in national and international committees such as VDE, CIGRE, IEEE and others.

From 1986 to 1992 he was Chairman of CIGRE Study Committee 21 “High Voltage Insulated Cables”. He was deeply committed to this task and considerably improved the efficiency of the Committee and its working groups. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the work of CIGRE he was as one of the first personalities on which the title Honorary Member was bestowed in 1992.

He also remained connected to his old university as a Lecturer, giving courses on “Insulating materials in high voltage engineering” (1973-1978) and “Power cable engineering” (1979-1998).

After his retirement from Siemens in 1998 he returned with his wife to his beloved Munich. There he found perfect conditions for a happy and active life. He was a regular visitor at most home matches ofBayern München, his favourite football club, and the day before his sudden death he was able to enjoyBayern’svictory in the German Cup final.

Egon Peschke was not only a remarkable engineer who made major contributions to the progress of power cable technology but also a very good leader, colleague, teacher and friend.

He will be sorely missed by those who knew him and by all the cable engineering community.

Dr. Karl-Heinz WECK

* December 6, 1938      † February 7, 2016

In memoriam Dr. Karl-Heinz Weck

It can be stated that nearly everybody in the community of power systems has at some time become aware of the expert Dr. Karl-Heinz Weck and many have personally been in touch with him and his activities during the last decades.

At least when using the current IEC standards on insulation coordination and surge arresters we should be aware that many subjects have been worked out by he himself or with his support. His contributions are present in IEC standards, CIGRE publications and different journal papers.

He started his career as assistant professor at Technische  Universitaet Darmstadt after his study on electrical engineering. From 1971 up to 2008 he was with FGH, an independent German research institute dealing with power systems. As head of the test laboratories and by his responsibility for power transmission and distribution equipment for many years he was involved in the practical aspects of engineering subjects. During the last years he was active as consultant in various fields of power systems.

During all the time he has been working in national and international committees of CIGRE and IEC in the fields of insulation coordination, overvoltage protection and surge arresters and adjacent fields. For this he was honored several times. He has become a Distinguished Member of CIGRE, nominated directly when this distinction was created in 1996. In 1995 he received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution in the activities of Study Committee 33 on Insulation Coordination. In IEC TC 28 he was active as Chairman from 1996 up to 2014. Not only for this he was chosen for the IEC 1906 Award last year.

Many of us had the pleasure to meet him personally during the last decades. During meetings it was always fascinating and a great experience to see him arguing with absolute engagement and an extraordinary knowledge in his mind. Very often he argued: "That´s not correct! You don´t understand this", followed by his detailed explanation of the subject concerned. Despite sometimes intensive controversial discussions on technical details it was always a great pleasure to be with him during the coffee break afterwards. He never took controversial points of view personally. So quite sure all of us agree that we lost a great colleague, teacher, expert, friend and special character. His contributions will keep helping us in several aspects in the future.

Mr. Claude GARY

Claude GARY started his career in Electricité de France (EDF) in 1953, in the Studies and Research Division, where he actively studied the phenomena associated with the use of very high voltages in power systems.

He has been the French member of CIGRE Study Committee 33 on “Power system insulation co-ordination”, and member of Working Group 33.01 on “Lightning”.

Claude GARY was awarded ‘the CIGRE Technical Committee Award’ in 1993 for his outstanding contribution to the works of Study Committee 36 « Power system electromagnetic compatibility », within which he was the Convener of the Working Group 36.01 dealing with the corona effect and the effects of electromagnetic fields.

Since 1970 up to 2008, Claude GARY has authored or co-authored Session papers.

Throughout his career, Claude GARY has made a significant contribution to Electrical Engineering and to CIGRE.  He also made an outstanding contribution due to his personality with a natural ability to make friends across the globe.

The members of the CIGRE community wish to convey their great esteem for Claude GARY, as an engineer and as a friend, and offer their sincere condolences to his family as he will be missed.

Mr. Anatoly F. Dyakov

Dear colleagues,

I deeply regret my duty to inform you about the  death   on   12th    August  2015   of   Mr. Anatoly F. Dyakov, the Honorary Chairman of the CIGRE Russian National Committee and our representative in the CIGRE Administrative Council and the Steering Committee.

Mr. Dyakov took the lead of the Russian NC in 1989 and had been guiding it for more than twenty-five years. Due to energy and initiatives of Anatoly Dyakov and under his competent authority the Russian NC had become a well-known, trusted professional community in Russia, and now it belongs to the group of the largest CIGRE national committees. The working contacts between Russian experts and their colleagues all over the world had got stronger, and Russia became the host country of various CIGRE events, such as Technical Committee meeting in April 2002 in Moscow, or 126th Administrative Council and Steering Committee meetings in September 2013 in Kazan, or International scientific and technical conference “Actual trends in development of Power System Relay Protection and Automation» traditionally held since 2007, recently the 5th conference was held in June 2015 in Sochi.

For his commitment to the traditions of CIGRE international cooperation, long-term participation in the activity of CIGRE governing bodies and outstanding contribution to the benefit of the organization Mr. Anatoly Dyakov was awarded the title of “CIGRE Distinguished Member” in 2000, and had got “Ноnorary Member Award” in 2014.


I had a privilege of knowing Anatoly Dyakov personally and had been working together with him for many years. He was a person of great integrity, loyalty, sincerity, with good sense of humor, as well as an experienced leader of high discipline and professional skill.

By his untimely passing Russian professional electric community and the Russian NC have lost one of their best and the most dedicated members. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Yours sincerely,

Boris I. Ayuev, D.Sc.

Chairman of the Russian National Committee of CIGRE

István NAGY

István NAGY, President of CIGRÉ’s Hungarian National Committee passed away on July 5, 2015 in Budapest at the age of 84.

István NAGY was born on 21 August 1931 in Budapest. He graduated with honours degree in 1953 from Budapest Technical University (Faculty of Electrical Engineering). After graduating he was the aspirant of Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the Faculty of Electrical Machinery of Budapest Technical University between 1953-1956. He got his Ph.D. in 1960. He was the expert of Institute for Computer Science and Control of Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 1957-1990. He was appointed Professor of Department of Electrotechnics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and was its head between 1977-1996, later he worked, from 2002 as Professor Emeritus, at the Department of Automation and Applied Informatics of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics until his death. He was elected correspondent (1993) later full member (1998) of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He had several research fields such as power electronics, automated electric drives, non-linear controlled systems with variable structures, bifurcation and power electronics application of chaos theory. The main characteristic of his scientific activities of six decades is the convergence of exacting theoretical research with perspective industrial tasks. His most important theoretical and practical industrial results relate to the static electric transformers, control technology of electric machineries, excitation systems of different usage, dynamics and stability of medium frequency inverters, ultra-high-frequency converters and application of chaos theory. In particular, power plant excitation system of five generation, voltage regulator of diesel-electric locomotive, current generator developed for induction heating and time-division medium frequency inverters are remarkable out of his industrial works.

He issued nearly 400 scientific publications, among others books, book chapters, journal and conference articles. On the basis of his 13 patents several factories manufacture exportable equipment. The number of his independent scientific references approximate to one thousand.

He received several awards for his outstanding scientific activities: “József Nádor” Medallion (2011 – Budapest University of Technology and Economics); “Pro Facultate” Award (2011 - Budapest University of Technology and Economics); “Eugene Mittelmann” Achievement Award (2009 - IEEE-IES); “William E. Newell” Power Electronics Award (2008 – IEEE); “Széchenyi” Prize (2005); Medellion of University of Tokyo (2004); Award from the Rector of Technical University of Kosice (2002); Honour Diploma (2001 - Academy of Sciences of Moldova); “Csáki József” Prize (1992 – Hungarian Electrotechnical Association); Academy Award (1974 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences); "Zipernowsky" Prize (1963).

István NAGY was an active and key member of several international and Hungarian organisations among others Committee of Automation and Computer Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Electrotechnical Association. A significant element of his lifework was the foundation of the organisation “Council of Power Electronics and Motion Control” and making it internationally recognised. He served on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society multiple committees: Distinguished Lectures (Chair), Fellows, Awards, and Nominations & Appointments.

István NAGY will be remembered as a man devoted to his scientific activities and a true gentleman.

Dr Mohad Awad

It is with great regret that we announce the death of  Dr Mohad Awad, President of the Egyptian National Committee of CIGRE, at the age of of 73.

Dr Awad has obtained his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Institute of Technology, Helwan University Cairo, Egypt in 1965, and an  Engineering Diploma  in High Voltage in 1973. He obtained  his   Ph.D degree in Electrical engineering from  the Technical University of Dresden, Germany in  1975.

Dr Awad started his professional career working as a junior engineer at the Extra High Voltage Research Center than senior engineer in the research department of the Egyptian Electricity Authority, in 1986 he has been appointed as the Managing Director of the research and development department of the Egyptian Electricity Authority up to 1991 than promoted to the position of Deputy Chairman for Technical Affairs at the Cairo Electricity Distribution Company from 1991 to 1993  In 1993 he became the President of North Upper Egypt Electricity Zone (EEA) and in 1997 he has been promoted  as the  Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Authority, and due to his remarkable achievement he became  in 2001 the Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and up to 2011. After his retirement and to benefit from his expertize he became a board member of the Egyptian Electric Utility & Consumer Protection

During the 40 years of his professional career with the electricity sector in these positions, he contributed in major achievements where he was the leader in the  Development of the Unified Power System of Egypt, as well as the Pyramids Extra High Voltage Research Center. He participated in preparation of the technical feasibility studies,  standards specifications, tendering documents and bid evaluation for most of Unified Power System components including power stations and Substations (500, 220, 132, 66 kV).

He also participated in the Electrical networks planning and analysis.

When Egypt decided to implement the electrical interconnection projects with neighboring countries,  Dr Awad was the leader in managing the team of experts responsible of implementation of these projects starting from feasibility studies, up to successful operation. Noting that the study for the first electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Jordan was implemented in cooperation with EDF.

He was also the team leader of the Committee established for the study of the Electrical interconnection between Egypt and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through HVDC which is currently under implementation for the exchange of 3000 MW.

Moreover, he was one of the main players in the restructuring of the Electricity Companies.

In January 2013 he has been appointed as President of the Egyptian National Committee of Cigre, since then, he devoted himself to disseminate the knowledge and expertise of the different activities of Cigre, not only among engineers working in the power sector but also to the Egyptian Industry and Universities.

At the national level, he was a Member of the Egyptian National Committee of Cigre as well as the Chairman of the Egyptian Technical Committee of  Cigre .

At the International level, he was a Member of the Working Group WG 33-03 for testing and measurements of high voltage systems,,WG 33-04 for insulation coordination and pollution and Working Group WG 33-07. Member of the Study Committee SC 33 Insulation Coordination (1990-2000). Member of the Study Committee SC B3 Substation (2000-2008)  and member of the Study Committee B4 HVDC and Power Electronics.

He was honored by being selected as a distinguish member of Cigre in 1996.

In addition, he was also Member  of the Egyptian National Committee of  the World Energy Council (WEC), the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) and the International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED). Distributionthe International Conference on Electricity Dr Awad published more than 29 papers in WG and Conferences of Cigre since 1972 and more than 68 papers in different technical meetings and Symposiums...

He will always be remembered as a great person fully dedicated  to the improvement of the Egyptian power system and  the benefit of its technical staff through technology and knowledge transfer. May God rest his soul in peace. 

CV Dr Roushdy Radwan (pdf, 477kB)


It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing away of Wil KLING on Saturday 14th March from natural causes, in Hangzhou, China during a business trip.

Wil kling was the chair of the group Electrical Energy Systems (EES) of the department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

In 1978, he received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from this University.

From 1978 to 1983 he worked with Kema, before joining SEP where he stayed until 1998. Then he was a senior engineer for network planning and network strategy at TenneT, the Dutch Transmission System Operator, till the end of 2008. 

Since 1993 he was part-time Professor at Delft University of Technology and since 2000 also at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

In December 2008 he was appointed as a full professor and chair of Electrical Power Systems group (EPS) at Eindhoven University of Technology. He was leading research programs on distributed generation, integration of wind power, network concepts and reliability issues.

Wil Kling was involved in scientific organizations such as CIGRE and IEEE.

He joined CIGRE in 1995 and was active in Study Committee 37 which was the building block for C1, and he received the Technical Committee award in 2003 for his outstanding participation in the activities of Study Committee C1.

In 2006 Wil was appointed as the Dutch Representative in Study Committee C6 Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation and the Administrative Council of CIGRE.

The National Committee of the Netherlands made Wil CIGRE Distinguished Member in 2008, in acknowledgment of his long standing collaboration to the work of the Association.

Wil has been a member of the CIGRE Administrative Council from 2006, and in 2013 and 2014 he has been one of the two representatives of the Administrative Council on the Technical Committee.

Wil enjoyed sports, especially running, and he was enthusiastic about travelling. He liked to share his hobbies with colleagues and friends such as suggesting visiting any city in the world in two hours!

Wil Kling will be remembered as a passionate and loyal colleague, and as well as his active technical contributions he always had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

An online book of condolence has been set up (albeit in Dutch):


Roger Tellier (France) died on 2nd of April at the age of 89.

He was the Secretary of the B1 Study Committee 'Insulated Cables' (formerly SC 21) for 10 years from 1957 to 1967 .


Jean BECKER (Belgium) died on 13th of April. Still active in the company Nexans, he was the Secretary of the International Scientific and Technical Committee of JICABLE'15 an event which will take place next June in Versailles.

Jean Becker had just completed the technical program of the JICABLE'15 conference.

Charles (Chuck) B. Rawlins

With extreme sadness we have to report the passing of Charles (Chuck) B. Rawlins on December 30, 2014, in his home town of Massena, New York, at the age of 86. CIGRÉ has lost one of its leading contributors, and inspirations to the younger members, notably in SC B2 AG 06 and its associated Working Groups. His colleagues have described his influence using words including; “idol”, “coach”, “inspiration”, “clever”, “patient”, “sense of  humour”, “the king”, and perhaps most significantly, “ friend”.

Chuck received his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University. Hewas employed by ALCOA laboratories between 1949 and 1992. After retirement in 1992 he consulted to many power industry companies.Chuckcarried out research in aeolian vibration, galloping and wake-induced oscillation of overhead conductors; short-circuit and ‘sticking’ behaviour of bundled conductors; and self-damping, fatigue and aerodynamic characteristics of conductors. He made computer studies of line design optimization, and developed instruments used in research on conductor dynamics.Chuck’s greatest qualities included exemplary scientific curiosity, rigor and integrity. Although he developed highly sophisticated theoretical models, he would never apply them to real situations unless they were fully proven in the light of solid experimental and field data.One of Chuck's great abilities was to be able to take and extremely complex matter and break it into an example a less technical person could understand.

Perhaps his greatest influence was from his major contributions to both editions of the EPRI “Orange Book” on wind induced conductor motion which is the “Bible” for the speciality. Within CIGRÉ Chuck contributed to dozens of reports and technical brochures in his over 40 years of membership.We all know how much he has contributed to our meetings, through both his own and his comments on others’  presentations.  He could question any doubtful technical contribution just by his quizzical look. With a raised eyebrow, no words were really needed. Outside the formal meetings he was renowned for his joke telling ability, a rare skill, sadly less common these days.

Chuck also left his mark on IEEE where he is recognized asa “Fellow”, and was a member and past chairman of the Working Group on Conductor Dynamics of the Subcommittee on Towers, Poles and Conductors.He was author of forty technical papers and articles, and received 11 patents. Chuck was a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Award in 2000, and the CIGRÉ U.S. National Committee’s Attwood Associate Award in 2012.

Outside the technical sphere, Chuck was an avid sailor and a founding member of the Lake St. Lawrence Yacht Club where he was Commodore for one year.  He also enjoyed downhill skiing. He liked to sing and sang in the Massena barbershop quartet and in the choir at Emmanuel Congregational Church. He leaves his wife Gay, who attended many of our CIGRÉ meetings, and a grandson Adam. We will all miss Chuck.

Dr. Dave G. Havard (on behalf of SC B2)

Dr. Kittipong Anatavanich

Dear All,

I have to inform you of very important and sad announcement? SC A3 added the new regular member from Thailand NC in 2014 since the Thai NC are very active and Dr. Kittipong (maybe he is less than 40 years old, with no language barrier since he has graduated in the university in Germany) has contributed to the WG on UHV and EHV requirements. However, soon later he had been suffering from his cancer and it was my great surprise and sadness that I heard from my friend (not officially from the Thai NC) that he was passed away this week. I have been discouraged very much from this great loss in the A3 community since then.

Best regards,

Hiroki Ito

Academician Gleb Drăgan 

At the end of October last year, a very long-standing member of CIGRE, Academician Gleb Drăgan (19 July 1920 - 24 October 2014), passed away. A recognized pioneer of the High Voltage Engineering School from the Power Engineering Faculty of Politehnica University of Bucharest, full member of the Romanian Academy and Chairman of the Department of Energy within it. Academician Gleb Dragan was active as an expert or as a member in many CIGRE study committees: SC8 Overvoltages, SC 15 Insulation Coordination, SC 33 Overvoltages and  Insulation Coordination. Author of many reports and brochures of CIGRE between 1960 and 1980, he was also an important member of the NC CIGRE Romania, contributing as a member in the Committee of many CIGRE events organized in Romania.

The name of professor Drăgan will be forever linked to the realization and then the coordination of the largest High Voltage laboratory developed by a Romanian University. He worked incessantly with passion and dedication until the last day of his life.

Born in the Republic of Moldova he studied engineering and mathematics in Romania, becoming a full professor in the Electric Power Department of the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 1964. He was Dean of the Power Engineering Faculty for 8 years. He was elected as a full member of Romanian Academy in 2004. His academic, scientific and technical contributions are numerous, important and substantial. It was an active member of many international engineering organizations and he was in contact with researchers around the world. He published over 220 scientific papers, a total of 12 books, coordinated the elaboration of more than 50 explanatory dictionaries in different engineering domains and was a member of the editorial board of many prestigious publications. His work has been rewarded with numerous awards and honors, titles of Doctor Honoris Causa from Universities in Romania and Moldova. He was an honorary member of many professional engineering organizations from Romania.

With the disappearance of Academician Gleb Drăgan, the Romanian scientific community and the NC CIGRE Romania has lost one of the most active, loved and prolific members, a rigorous scientist but a warm friend and a spiritual mentor.

Ioan Dorin Hategan