H is for Hedy Lamarr in today’s A-Z Blog Challenge.
She may have been famous for her beauty, but what I found out from her biography is that she was also schmart! She came up with the idea for a radio-guided torpedo that was able to escape jamming by the enemy by using “frequency hopping.” She and a friend, George Antheil–a composer– patented that in 1942. It was that technology that was used in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60’s.
Guess what this “frequency hopping” makes possible today? Cellphones,Wi-Fi and GPS all operate without interference. Depending on our POV, we have Hedy to thank or curse for these modern devices.
A lot of movie stars have other talents they’re not recognized for. Any come to mind?
Be sure to HOP around and say hi to others who are in on this wildly wonderful A-Z Blogging Challenge.