Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Marconi “The Father of the Wireless Telegraph”

I found it interesting that in the beginning Guglielmo Marconi could only send radiotelegraph system signals over short distances. By the summer of 1895 he went outdoors to experiment. He used receiver antennas and he increased the length of the transmitters. Marconi let the antenna touch the ground and the range increased. Now he could transmit signals further away and over hills.

Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi was an inventor and well known for the making of the radiotelegraph system (radiotelegraphy-transmitting the same Morse code message used in a telegraph by radio waves). Heinrich Hertz died in 1894 and this produced printed reviews of his earlier research. This sparked an interest within Marconi. In 1897, he was the first person to send wireless communication over seas. “On Nov. 22, 1899, the Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated under the laws of New Jersey, to exploit Marconi patents in the U.S. and various possessions including Cuba.” Marconi developed an American-European radiotelegraph service in 1910. The first crossing of the Pacific radiotelegraph service, in 1912, connected San Francisco with Hawaii.

Erik Barnouw, Tube of Plenty, pg. 11
Guglielmo Marconi
The Invention of Radio
Birth of Science of Radio and Development of Usable Components


At 1:51 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, lots of facts and good links.


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