07 Dec Hedy Lamarr
If you are of a certain age you might remember your parents talking talking about Hedy Lamarr, the film star. If you aren’t old enough you will have forgotten listening to your grandparents banging on about all the old Hollywood stars.
This post is another example of a well-known personality having a lesser known side to them, something positive which has been eclipsed by their celebrity status from another field.
Hedy Lamarr was born in Austria in 1914 but became an American citizen many years later. She had an hugely successful film career but what is less well-known is the fact that she was the co-inventor, with a composer 9this gets better and better) of a system which blocked radio signals which was used against the Nazis in the second world way. During the war she wanted to work on furthering technical creativity but was advised that she could make a more positive contribution to the war effort by raising funds to support the allies. In 1997 she and her fellow inventor, George Antheil, received Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award and were later admitted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.