Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr
Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, who was also an ingenious inventor. Her pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
Did you know that Hedy Lamarr, who was known as the world’s most beautiful woman, was also an ingenious inventor? Her work helped revolutionize modern communication.
Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.
Born: Hedwig Eva Maria
November 9, 1914 Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died: January 19, 2000 (aged 85) Casselberry, Florida, U.S.
Citizenship: Austria: (1914-1953)
After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933) in which she is seen swimming and running nude, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s.
Although she died in 2000, Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the development of her frequency hopping technology in 2014. Such achievement has led Lamarr to be dubbed “the mother of Wi-Fi” and other wireless communications like GPS and Bluetooth.
Lamarr died in Casselberry, Florida, on January 19, 2000, of heart disease, aged 85.
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What Did Hedy Lamarr Invent?
Working with Antheil, Hedy Lamarr would help make a radio guidance system using spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to better find submarines and successfully land a hit against Axis jamming technology. In layman’s terms, she made it possible for Allied Forces to hit Axis submarines better.
This amazing feat came about because while Lamarr was not a weapons expert or working for the military at the time, she always loved to create things. Hedy Lamarr inventions included working on traffic light signals as well as a drink that was ultimately determined to be too similar to Alka Seltzerx