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May 23 2019

Discovering Hedy Lamarr, movie star and inventor

Celebrating the screen icon whose scientific work laid the foundations for WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth

Hedy Lamaar, once described as "the most beautiful woman in the world" was one of the screen goddesses of Hollywood’s golden age from the 1930s to the 1950s, but when not portraying mythic temptresses like Helen of Troy or Delilah, Lamarr was also a gifted scientific inventor.

During WWII, with composer George Antheil, she invented a communication system for the US navy to make torpedoes more accurate. Her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a myriad of other wireless systems.

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