History of NCSL International

Formed 50 years ago at the request and sponsorship of the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote cooperative efforts for solving the common problems faced by measurement and testing laboratories, NCSL International today is internationally recognized by academic, scientific, industrial, commercial, and government facilities in many countries as the leader in measurement science organizations. This wide representation of experience provides members a rich opportunity to exchange ideas, techniques, and innovations with others engaged in measurement science.

NCSL International, working with NIST and other National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) around the world, makes recommendations for the advancement of measurement science to fill the needs of metrology and testing labs. It also provides guidance documents and metrological standards to help its members meet current technology and management needs.

NCSL International is a nonprofit organization, whose membership is open to any organization or individual with an interest in the science of measurement, and its application in research, development, education, or commerce. NCSLI is composed of organization and individual members in twenty-three active regions around the world, and has liaisons from many other metrology organizations integrated into its board of directors.
1960
  • Need for an organization of standards laboratories first proposed.
1961
  • NCSL formally organized.
  • NBS designated as sponsor and William Wildhack appointed as NBS Liaison Representative.
1962
  • First NCSL Conference at NBS, Boulder, Colorado.
  • First NCSL Board of Directors meeting at NBS, Boulder, Colorado.
  • First NCSL financial transaction.
  • First NCSL Newsletter published (It was called “Publicity Release” until 1964).
  • Original Bylaws adopted.
  • First National Meeting August 1962 NBS- Boulder, Colorado.
1964
  • NCSL becomes a dues-paying organization with Dues set at $50/year.
  • First edition (preliminary) of Directory of Standards Laboratories.
  • Joint Measurement Conference held at New York City (ISA’s 19th Annual Conference) Cooperating organizations were NCSL, PMA & AMS.
1965
  • NBS designated as sole sponsor.
1966
  • NBS provides Secretariat services.
  • 1st Annual Conference held at the new NBS – Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1967
  • Dr. Merrill Wallenstein replaces William Wildhack as Sponsor’s Delegate.
1968
  • Dr. Merrill Wallenstein passes away. Joe Cameron appointed as Sponsor’s Delegate.
  • Conference held at NBS – Boulder, Colorado.
1969
  • First Regional Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio.
1970
  • First Wildhack Award initiated as a Best-Paper Award at the NCSL Conference.
  • IRS grants nonprofit status to NCSL.
  • Office of Executive Vice President established.
  • NCSL is divided into 13 Regions.
1972
  • 1st Joint Measurement Conference held at NBS – Boulder, Colorado. Jointly sponsored by NBS, NCSL, PMA, ASQC, IEEE, ISA.
1973
  • Annual Conference held at NBS - Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1974
  • Membership opened to non-US organizations.
  • The 13 Regions are reduced to 8 Regions.
  • 2nd Joint Measurement Conference held at NBS – Boulder, Colorado. Same sponsors as 1972.
1975
  • First non-US citizen on Board of Directors is Graham Cameron, Canadian Dept. of National Defense.
  • First management meeting between NCSL and NBS.
1976
  • Wildhack Award changed to recognize an individual or group's contribution to Metrology.
  • NCSL implements first 5-year Long-Range Plan.
  • NCSL celebrates its 15th Anniversary.
  • Fifteenth anniversary Newsletter published. 
  • Bascom Birmingham succeeds Joe Cameron as NBS Sponsor’s Delegate. 
  • International Region is established. 
  • Annual Conference held at NBS – Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1977
  • Annual Conference held at NBS – Boulder, Colorado.
1978
  • Andy Woodington, 1963-65 Chairman, passes away.
  • Annual Conference held at NBS – Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1979
  • RP-1, Establishment and Adjustment of Calibration Intervals, published. 
  • RP-2, Evaluation of Measurement Control Systems and Calibration Laboratories, published. 
  • RP-3, Preparation of Calibration Procedures, published. 
  • RP-4, Calibration System Specifications, published. 
  • Annual Conference held at NBS – Boulder, Colorado. 
  • 1st NCSL International Luncheon held during the Annual Conference.

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