National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day January 19 – Hedy Lamarr

0 Comments 19 January 2012


Very interesting DPD today. I had no idea what “frequency hopping” was either but, as you can see, it turned out to be pretty useful.Had the patent not ruToolsn out Ms. Lamarr could easily be one of the richest people of all time. The term ‘eff you money’ doesn’t even begin to describe.

Let Ms. Lamarr’s story serve as proof positive that the human mind is like a sponge at any age. Surround yourself with people that have something to say. Anything. Read interesting things and listen to funky crap. Combine that with some milk, beer and bread and you’ve got a first class ticket to Pinardville.

Amen Ms. Lamarr….and I like your blouse too you little minx.

Thanks to the NYT for their contribution…..

Hedy Lamarr’s Invention Comes of Age

January 31, 2000|GARY CHAPMAN |

The obituaries for movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who died at her home in Florida on Jan. 19 at age 86, all mentioned the fact that she co-invented an important technology for radio communications called “frequency hopping.” But none of the obituaries described the significance of her invention for current and emerging technologies, or the fact that her intellectual breakthrough will fuel the next great boom in Internet use.

What was called “frequency hopping” in the 1940s, when Lamarr and her friend George Antheil developed the idea, is now generally called “spread spectrum” wireless communication. Looking around my house, I can see that it’s rapidly filling up with spread spectrum devices dependent on Lamarr’s and Antheil’s innovation. Continue¬†

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