Hedy Lamarr was born in 1914, but beside her beauty she was also very intelligent. During World War II together with George Antheil she invented a anti-jamming device, which today is known as frequency hopping. This device could be used in radio-controlled torpedoes. However, the military didn’t take this plan serious. How could a moviestar know anything from military technology? Though Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil got their patent, the plan was never going to be used. Till after the war, a man discovered the drawings in an archive.
In 1998 Hedy Lamarr received the Viktor Kaplan medal from the Austrian Association of patent holders and inventors. Last month Austria gave this beautiful actress, who was Austrian by birth, a honory grave, because of her 100th birthday.:
For the story of Hedy Lamarr (in Dutch), click here.