Women In STEAM Fields

Hedy Lamarr


Actor and Inventor. In 1942, she and composer George Antheil patented a “Secret Communication System” which was meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, The original idea involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. While the technology existing at the time prevented the feasibility of the idea at first, the advent of the transistor and its later downsizing made this innovation very important to both the military and the cell phone industry. More…