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Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr, movie star and Wi-Fi inventor

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Hedy Lamarr, in this studio publicity still for the 1938 movie “Algiers,” developed wireless technology still in use today.

This actress from Holywood’s Golden Age reminds us of a time when women were some of the leading unsung tech innovators. Lamarr’s contribution? Wi-Fi.

Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood actress known for her good looks and classic come-hither bedroom gaze, also played a key role in developing cell phone technology widely used today.

Born 100 years ago today in Vienna, the actress made a lesser-known contribution to wireless communication when she tried to diffuse a potential military threat during World War II. To prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked, she helped develop an early version of spread spectrum communication, which is part of the basis for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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