Hedy Lamarr: The Hollywood Star Who Helped Invent Wi-Fi

It’s no exaggeration to say that the internet has changed the world. Every single day, millions, if not billions of people all over the globe are hooked up to the World Wide Web, with this amazing form of communication helping us all to feel more connected and enjoy all kinds of advantages in our day to day lives. Trying to go a single day without making use of Wi-Fi is almost impossible for many people, such is our reliance and love of the internet, but this fantastic invention might not even exist if not for the intellect and ingenuity of some very clever people.

A lot of different figures throughout history helped to contribute to the rise of the internet age, with some helping to create the first computers and others helping to launch pioneering versions of wireless signals and communication software. You’re surely familiar with the big names of the tech world like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, but did you know that one incredible woman who contributed a huge amount to the development of the internet and tech world was none other than a Hollywood movie star? And the word is now out that Gal Gadot is supposed to play her in an upcoming Showtime Series. That’s right, Wonder Woman is going to play yet another female powerhouse: Hedy Lamaar.

This is the fascinating true-life story of Hedy Lamarr.

A Brief Introduction to Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress, who also doubled up as an inventor on the side. Known for her stunning good looks and incredible acting skills, she was also a brilliant woman.

4th August 1943: Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

In fact, some of the biggest modern conveniences and comforts we take for granted every day – the ability to make use of wireless technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS – were all thanks to her amazing brain. Without Hedy Lamarr and her astonishing intellect and scientific knowledge, key inventions regarding the internet may have been far slower to develop.

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