Sunday, February 4, 2018

WOMEN IN STEM: Hedy Lamarr


Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was an Austrian-American actress and inventor. During her film career, Lamarr was a part of a number of well-received films including: Lady of the Tropics (1939), Boom Town (1940), Tortilla Flat (1942), and Samson and Delilah (1949). In 1942, along with her friend, George Antheil, Lamarr received a patent for a radio signaling device. The device was a way of changing radio frequencies in order to keep enemies from decoding messages. The system was originally designed to defeat the German Nazis and ultimately became an important step in the development of security systems for both military communications and cell phones. In 1997, Lamarr and Antheil were awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer Award. Also in 1997,  Lamarr was the first female to receive the BULBIE™ Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award.

Quote: “All creative people want to do the unexpected.”
Read more at: https://www.biography.com/people/hedy-lamarr-9542252

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