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Italy, and a connection between Denmark and Sweden.

Renaissance Man
Lamm was honored with many awards,
including with the IEEE Lamm Medal,
the John Ericsson Cold Medal, the
Gold Medal of the Swedish Society
of Inventors, the Gold Medal of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, the Polhem Prize, and the
Arnberg Award of the Royal Swedish
Academy of Science. Twice married,
with four children, he made southern
California his residence in 1965. From
1967 to 1988 he served as an IEEE director at large. He was also a consultant
to ASEA's president until his retirement in 1969.
Staunchly anticommunist and profree market, Lamm was outspoken on
a wide range of issues, including political concerns about his native Sweden.

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Even so, Lamm's portrait hangs in
Stockholm's Gripsholm Castle, along
with other distinguished Swedes, including the king and queen of Sweden.
Over the course of his life, Lamm is
reported to have written more than 100
opinion pieces, mostly for the Swedish press, on topics including society,
education, economics, and technology.
Of note was a 1968 article critical of
"infantrocity" child raising, that drew
criticism and praise for its frankness
on parents "falsely allowing children
to believe they are more mature than
they are," according to reports. He also
supported the U.S. involvement in the
Vietnam conflict.

Innovation Lives
On and Grows
Lamm died 1 June 1989 in Burlingame,
California. However, his legacy for innovation and excellence lives on in the

annual IEEE Power & Energy Society
Uno Lamm HVDC Award. The first
award was fittingly awarded in 1981 to
Dr. Erich Uhlmann, known as the father
of HVdc systems technology, and it
continues to recognize outstanding individual contributions to HVdc technology.
Over the years, Lamm's visionary
work has evolved to better serve the
energy needs of the world. Today, the
HVdc market widely relies on thyristors due to their ability to operate at
high power levels. Thyristors are found
across the globe in many HVdc installations with voltages up to 800 kV and
power ratings approaching 8,000 MW.
The latest advancement in HVdc
technology that furthers Lamm's work
is found in the voltage source converter
(VSC), which uses insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) arranged into a
unique topology. Examples of HVdc
installations using IGBTs include the

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