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Spread Spectrum:

Hedy Lamarr and the mobile phone


Paperback (256 pages), kindle
She was labelled "the most beautiful girl in the world" and her partner "the bad boy of music" yet way back in 1942 they took out a patent covering the vital radio technique that we now call spread spectrum.

Spread Spectrum:

This popular book was updated in 2013 just thirteen years after the death of the glamourous film star Hedy Lamarr. She was a famous Hollywood star and the first woman to appear naked on film. George Antheil was a piano player and composer. So just how did these two come to invent the latest technology used by the mobile phone? Or did they? She was labelled 'the most beautiful girl in the world' and he 'the bad boy of music' yet way back in 1942 they took out a patent covering the vital radio technique that we now call spread spectrum.

Spread spectrum is a technology that was first developed to provide secret radio links - mostly for the military. More recently it has found many other uses. You are, in all probability, already using this stuff when you make a cordless phone call or when your PC is wirelessly connected to a network, or simply when you use your mobile to make a call or access the Internet. This book tells the tale of spread spectrum: what it is, where it came from, and how it is used today.

This absorbing book traces the eventful and sometimes scandalous lives of Hedy and George. It tells the fascinating story of radio and the ongoing battle to make it secure and of similar quality to wired communication. Spread spectrum emerged from that battle to become the solution of choice for anything from mobile phones to wireless computer networks.

Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil...

Related Scanning WWII links...

  • 10 Jun 42 - Hedy Lamarr, composer George Antheil apply for frequency-hopping patent.
  • 11 Aug 42 - Patent granted to Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil.

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