Faces of Science #9


Hedy Lamarr


George Antheil

The two inventors of the "Secret Communication System" that received patent number 2,292,387. Later known as "frequency hopping" its basic idea is summarized in the second paragraph of the patent:

"An object of the invention is to provide a method of secret communication which is relatively simple and reliable in operation, but at the same time is difficult to discover or decipher."

3 comments:

Sam Teigen said...

There was a great theater piece with special robotic performance of Antheil's masterpiece http://www.hourglassgroup.org/frequency.html

squajo said...

That's HEDLEY!

michaelE said...

Can you tell what I'm communicating right now?