Inventors are inspirational. Guglielmo Marconi was an inventor, electrical engineer, entrepreneur, and businessman. He founded The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in Britain in 1897. He is remembered for his work on long-distance radio transmission, Marconi’s Law, and a radio telegraph system. Marconi’s law relates antenna’s heights and distance in radio transmissions.
Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 in Bologna, Italy. He was Italian nobility. He lived part of his childhood in Bedford, England. Marconi was interested in science and electricity. He studied with a physicist and neighbor when back in Italy. He began conducting experiments wanting to use radio waves to create a system of “wireless telegraphy”. He made adjustments to experiments that had been done by previous investigators. In 1894, he built a storm alarm that went off if there was lightening. He experimented with antennas. In 1896, he continued his work in London, England and gained the support of the Chief Electrical Engineer of the British Post Office. By early 1897 Marconi had transmitted Morse code signals over 6 kilometers. Later, the world’s first wireless communication was made over open sea. Demonstrations and accomplishments continued. In 1903, he sent a message from United States President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
Marconi’s companies were involved in ship rescues and popular culture. In 1914, he became a Senator in the Italian Senate and Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in the United Kingdom. During World War I, he became lieutenant of the Italian Army and commander of the Italian Navy. In 1929, he became a marquess by the then king of Italy. He died on July 20, 1937.
His personal life included two marriages. He had three daughters with his first wife and one daughter from his second wife. He was given many honors and awards during his life. He has received several since his death as well. Tributes exist and places and organizations around the world have been named for him. During his life he had numerous British and US patents. Be inspired! Have a bright day!