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The Extraordinary Tale of…

Hollywood star and pioneering inventor Hedy Lamarr

1942 FEMME FATALE LEADS THE WAY TOWARDS BLUETOOTH AND WI-FI

Hedy Lamarr’s device was meant to help the Allies win World War II. Instead, it would revolutionise mobile phone technology

There was a reason why Hedy Lamarr was known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’. Even in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Austrian born actress stood out as the complete screen seductress and femme fatale. With a penetrating gaze framed by flowing black hair, and an Austrian lilt to her voice, she exuded glamour, sex appeal and an alluring touch of controversy.

Yet there is much more to Lamarr’s legacy than beauty. She had the brains, too. It wasn’t until years after fading from the public eye that her contributions to radio communications technologies were recognised, but Lamarr is gradually becoming better known for what she did in the world of science than for her cinema career.

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