Obituary - Pietro Parodi

Pietro Parodi, immediate past Chairman of Technical Committee 55: Winding Wires

By Janice Blondeau

The IEC family regrets the sad loss of Pietro Parodi, immediate past chairman of IEC TC (Technical Committee) 55: Winding Wires, who passed away in August 2012, at the age of 78.

National, European and international leadership

Pietro Parodi dedicated a great deal of his professional life to international standardization, strongly believing in the benefits that it brings to industry. At the same time he held a leadership role in a highly productive and profitable company in the winding wire industry. An engineer by training, he served as the Chairman of IEC TC 55 from 1999 until last year. He was also Secretary of CENELEC TC 55 from 1999 to 2006 and Chairman of the Italian National Technical Committee TC 55 for many years. In addition, he played an important role as Technical Secretary of EWWG (the Winding Wire Business Group) of EUROPACABLE until 2008.

Past Chairman of TC 55: Winding Wires

In 2002, Pietro Parodi was recognized with the CEI (Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano) "Engineer Giorgi" award which recognized his work and technical contributions to the research and development of standards in electrical engineering and electronics. His tireless commitment and dedication to international standardization benefitted the winding wires industry around the world. His colleagues in TC 55 are deeply saddened by his passing but he leaves a valuable legacy to international standardization.
IEC TC 55 prepares international standards for wires for electrical winding, irrespective of conductor material, shape, size or type of covering. It takes into account the needs of all fields of electrical engineering, with attention to environmental protection and health and safety.

Enthusiastic colleague who will be missed

Pietro Parodi will be fondly remembered as a world leader in standardization of wires for electrical machinery. He will also be remembered as a friendly colleague with a warm and enthusiastic presence, a staunch supporter of historic monuments in his home city of Alessandria, Italy, a leading supporter of service club activities and a good sportsman. He is survived by his wife, three adult children and several grandchildren. He leaves behind many friends and colleagues from all spheres of his rich and varied life.