Cited as the Father of Radio, Guglielmo Marconi was
born in Bologna, Italy on April 25, 1874.
Inspired by the recent discovery of electromagnetic waves,
Marconi began experimenting with wireless telegraphy in Italy in
the early 1890s. In 1896, he secured the worlds first patent
in radio telegraphy and demonstrated how the wireless telegraph
could send coded messages throughout the air. The following year,
he founded the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company to offer wireless
service to the public.
In 1899, Marconi brought his discoveries to America and founded
American Marconi, a company that would influence the development
of radio. By 1901, Marconi had developed the first practical radio-signaling
system and made the first transoceanic transmission.
In 1909, Marconi won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his achievements.
Ten years later, American Marconi and its patents were purchased
by a new holding company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
Although other inventors would follow in his footsteps, Marconis
innovations took the crucial first steps towards making broadcast
radio a reality.
Guglielmo Marconi died on July 20, 1937.
Guglielmo Marconi was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
courtesy of the Library of American Broadcasting.
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