Google is celebrating actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday via a doodle. In fact Lamarr was the inventor of technology behind wireless technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Women have made a mark in the world of science and technology alongside their male counterparts. One example is a starlet who lived in Hollywood in the 40s. Named Hedy Lamarr, she was beautiful beyond compare.
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She was not only a movie actress but an inventor to boot. She helped via her inventions in the war efforts. And it is technology that was invented by her that we use in some of our latest gadgets today.
Had Lamarr been alive today, she would have been 101 years old. So Google decided to celebrate her contribution via a doodle. Hedy hailed from Austria and she was absolutely vivacious.
Pretty soon she got fed up with the hackneyed movie roles that actresses had to conform to. So she decided to head out. She wanted to contribute her bucketful to the tributary that is life.
And what better way to do this than by helping the allies during WWII. She used her knowledge regarding technology to prevent German submarines from jamming the radio signals of the allies.
These technologies later on became the basis of other spinoffs that we take for granted today. Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi are just three of the technologies that we rely on in our current period in history. And we owe everything to Hedy Lamarr for her bold and intrepid forays into the unknown where she tinkered around and invented several of these things.
The fact of the matter is she was bored of her life despite romancing some of the leading men of Hollywood like Clark Gable. It was while fighting the Nazis that she felt at her peak of performance. And her work immensely helped the allies in their mission to defeat Hitler.
She even had a patent or two that bore her name as the inventor. It was rare way back then for a woman to achieve half as much in a lifetime as Hedy did within a few years. She was a firecracker. She was literally a case of an actress who moonlighted as an inventor.
She formed quite a team with another fellow traveler, the composer George Antheil. As for the doodle on Google’s home search engine page, which is in honor of Hedy, it alternates between her role as a screen siren and seductress and her scientific nature as an excited inventor.
Hedy Lamarr was one of those rare individuals who are polymaths by temperament. And such people do everything within the context of a lifetime instead of doing the same thing all their life.
Watch Hedy Lamarr's animated Google Doodle below: