Meet Hedy Lamarr: Hollywood icon turned inventor extraordinaire!

InnovatorSpotlight: Did you know that the glamorous star of the black and white film era, Hedy Lamarr, wasn’t just a talented actress? She was also the mastermind behind an invention that laid the groundwork for GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi technology!

During World War II, Lamarr, alongside composer George Antheil, developed “frequency hopping” to encrypt torpedo control signals, preventing enemy jamming. Despite a patent in 1942, it took the US Navy 20 years to utilize their groundbreaking tech, finally implementing it during the 1962 Cuban blockade.

Today, Lamarr’s spread-spectrum technology is the backbone of our everyday portable devices, earning her a spot in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

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