Actress Hedy Lamarr would have been 101 today. Aside from being gorgeous and very funny (See Comrade X), Ms. Lamarr was an inventor of some very sophisticated technology! Happy Birthday, Hedy! Good name. You were ahead of your time and clearly also had an especially good head!
Hedy Lamarr was more than just a 1940s Hollywood movie star. She was also an inventor who helped developed technologies that made Wi-Fi possible today.
by Bonnie Burton
Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr was inspired to try to help the Allied forces win World War II.
Google Doodle on Monday is celebrating the 101st birthday of Vienna-born actress Hedy Lamarr, who won over hearts on the big screen in the 1940s in such hits as “I Take This Woman” with Spencer Tracy and “Come Live with Me” with Jimmy Stewart.
Her biggest, yet relatively unknown achievement though had more to do with wanting to help the Allied forces win World War II.
Lamarr became knowledgeable about torpedos during her first marriage to a munitions manufacturer in Europe during the 1930s. Later, during the war, she wanted to prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked. Lamarr helped develop a version of so-called spread-spectrum communication, which would become the starting point for such technologies as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that we use today.