Hedy Lamarr


Founder of Wi-Fi

💓 Co-inventor of frequency-hopping technology in 1941 that became a precursor to the secure Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth now used by billions of people around the world.

📡 The patent she filed with co-inventor George Antheil aimed to protect their war-time invention for radio communications to ‘hop’ from one frequency to another, so that Allied torpedoes couldn’t be detected by the Nazis.

❤️ Socialized with luminaries including John F. Kennedy and Howard Hughes, who provided her with equipment to run experiments in her trailer during her downtime from acting

🏆 In 1997, Lamarr was the first woman to receive the Invention Convention's BULBIE Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award, known as the "Oscars of inventing"

🏅 In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology.

❝ Inventions are easy for me to do, I don’t have to work on ideas, they come naturally. ❞

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