Hedy Lamarr- Cultural Research Project

Hedy Lamar was born in Austria and was raised by her Jewish parents. She wanted to be an actress so she left to Hollywood, California to achieve her goals. She was known for her roles in film but she had a great passion for inventions. Her most popular one was “frequency hopping,” it was a transmitter and the receiver being able to simultaneously jump from one frequency to another without allowing anyone else to jam the signal. Her invention was brought to the Navy to help combat the Nazis in World War II, but was pushed away and was told to raise money for the war by putting her face on things instead of making inventions. For years she never got credit for what she invited even though she had a patent for it. After the patent expired it become more well know. Frequency hopping is still used today with wireless phones, WIFI, fax machines, GPS, and military communication systems. After 50 years she finally got acknowledged by receiving the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award but she will always be remembered by her beauty and not her inventions, which is sad. She died at the of 86 in January 2000.

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