November 9, 1914: Movie star and genius inventor the late Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria.
“Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and inventor who pioneered the technology that would one day form the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth communication systems. As a natural beauty seen widely on the big screen in films like ‘Samson and Delilah’ and ‘White Cargo’ society has long ignored her inventive genius.
Lamarr was originally Hedwig Eva Kiesler, born in Vienna, Austria on November 9th, 1914 into a well-to-do Jewish family. An only child, Lamarr received a great deal of attention from her father, a bank director and curious man, who inspired her to look at the world with open eyes. He would often take her for long walks where he would discuss the inner-workings of different machines, like the printing press or street cars. These conversations guided Lamarr’s thinking and at only 5 years of age, she could be found taking apart and reassembling her music box to understand how the machine operated. Meanwhile, Lamarr’s mother was a concert pianist and introduced her to the arts, placing her in both ballet and piano lessons from a young age.
Lamarr’s brilliant mind was ignored, and her beauty took center stage when she was discovered by director Max Reinhardt at age 16.” – National Women’s History Museum
‘Hedy Lamarr: The Incredible Mind Behind Secure WiFi, GPS And Bluetooth’ – via Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/…/hedy-lamarr-the-incredible…/…