With the desire to vindicate the figure of Hedy Lamarr and women inventors, last Thursday November 9, Hedy Lamarr Day was celebrated. In this context, from the Xarxa Punt TIC, we want to bring her figure closer and make known her fantastic professional career as an engineer and inventor. Also, on the occasion of the ephemeris, the aim is to promote technological vocations among girls, teenagers and young women in the territory, as well as to vindicate leading women and their key role in history.
In this regard, Hedy Lamarr was born on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, in Austria, and died on January 19, 2000 in Florida, in the United States. During World War II, Lamarr gathered much information about the arms industry from her husband's meetings with the German and Italian governments and passed it on to the United States. In the same way, he later used it to work on the development of a military technology on radio signals, which he warned were very easy to intercept. Working with the composer George Antheil, he built a secret wireless communications system inspired by a musical principle that operated on eighty frequencies and was capable of bouncing transmission signals between frequencies, making it difficult to detect signals from the enemy. The technology, which was launched in 1962, is considered the forerunner of the Wi-Fi network.