Hedy Lamarr: inventor of a secret communication system. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr. Though the navy did not take her up on her invention to fight against the Nazis (Lamarr was a Jewish immigrant from Austria–she had a definite side in this war), her contributions have since been recognized. Google recognized Lamarr as the inventor of the technology behind wi-fi and bluetooth, so if you like your internet access, thank Hedy Lamarr.
For her birthday, we honor the way she saw the world. In Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World (a memoir by Richard Rhodes), Rhodes quotes Lamarr as saying, “Well, how could that be fixed? How could that be improved?” This is a woman in STEM: a woman of varied interests and varied talents, with a biting intelligence that wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr! We will not forget your inventions and we will not forget you.