Saturday, November 09, 2013

Remembering Hedy Lamarr

Today would be Hedy Lamarr's birthday. When she's remembered it's usually for her time in Hollywood, or the recurring joke in the movie Blazing Saddles.

And that is sad. Beyond the acting, she was a brilliant mind. She was a scientifically minded person. An inventor. Past the call of fame, she wanted to use her brains to make her ideas come to life.

And at home, she did that. Her most successful work was in developing a means to use frequency hopping in controls, the controls of torpedoes. Her ideas weren't taken that seriously, though she gave the technology to the US Navy. And from there others took the technology and in later decades made use of it in so many different technologies, right down to what is in your home today (including Bluetooth technology).

So let's be sure to remember this inventor. Remember what she did for science. And, encourage and inspire future inventors around you.

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