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Actress and inventor Hedy LaMarr

Actress and inventor Hedy LaMarr

Hedy LaMarr is most known for her roles in the 1940s Oscar-nominated films 'Algiers' and 'Sampson and Delilah."

But her technical mind is really her greatest legacy. She filed a patent in 1941 for frequency-hopping technology that became a precursor to the secure wi-fi, GPS, and Bluetooth used by billions worldwide.

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Hedy LaMarr not given recognition

LaMarr's work as an inventor was barely publicized in the 1940s.

Historically, women have been positioned in the media with a one-dimensional framework created from a males perspective. Women were valued for their physicality, not for their ability to think or invent. LaMarr was be...

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To Hedy LaMarr, inventions were easy

LaMarr filed a patent with co-inventor George Antheil. It aimed to protect their war-time invention for radio communications to 'hop' from one frequency to another, preventing the Nazis from detecting the Allied torpedoes.

She never received any compensatio...

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Hedy LaMarr's life story

  • LaMarr was born in Austria to Jewish parents.
  • She married her first husband in 1934 at age 19. Unhappily married to a munitions manufacturer, she fled their home by bicycle.
  • In the lead up to WWI, she emigrated to the U.S.
  • In spite of her little English, LaMarr ma...

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