Mission: transmission (1911)

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

1911 -

Although his father taught him to sail and wanted him to join the Italian marine, young Guglielmo Marconi didn't pass his test. However, this didn't mean he couldn't go overseas. He found a whole different means to bridge the Atlantic. In 1911, on Sunday the 19th of November, Marconi greeted the New York Times in America, from his station in Italy. Surpassing the expectations and the existing record of distance bridged, with this 4000-mile transmission. All wirelessly.

While Marconi also failed the entry test for university, he did get himself a way into the University of Bologna with the help of a teacher, who saw his potential. Marconi developed a great interest for physics, especially for radio waves, and started exploring the findings of famous physicists Maxwell and Hertz. After some time experimenting, he did some amazing discoveries, which would affect the current communication system.

Marconi managed to wirelessly transmit signals over a significant distance, but the Italian government showed no interest in his work, so he moved to England. His discoveries were welcomed there and his technology became more advanced. Where previously cables and wiring had been needed to transmit a message, none of that was necessary now. Marconi's work became admired and he would eventually go back to Italy and win the Nobel prize.

360 trivial fact
After the war, in which he served as captain-luitenant for the marine, he bought a boat which became his home. He named it 'Elettra', Italian for electra.



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