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Happy 100th Birthday, Hedy Lamarr!

  1. Nov 9, 2014 #1


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    100 years since Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, Nov. 9, 1914) was born.

    [Image taken from http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/12/innovation-lessons-from-hedy-lamarr/]


    She is known for an an invention (although it was never actually produced directly) that was the first known example of spread-spectrum technology -- variants of which are still used today (at least indirectly) in cell phones, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

    Oh, and she was also an actress who stared in some movies and some-such.


    I'm celebrating by re-playing Half-Life 2. There's a minor part of the story that involves a "debeaked" headcrab, kept as a pet, named "Lamarr." Presumably, this name was a tribute to Hedy Lamarr.
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    And leave us not forget Mel Brooks' tribute to her in "Blazing Saddles"... :D
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    The hottest inventor ever?!:cool:
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    :w Ever see "Ecstasy", her 1933 film made when she still lived in Germany? Great nude bathing sequence; can't remember anything else about it.

    I do still, however, have a reminiscent feeling for Lorraine Lee Larrison Cudmore, who I believe was involved in the invention of the first JIM diving suit.
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    "Hey, did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world..." ♪♫
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    Several years ago, there was a multimedia play about her and her friend/collaborator, the composer George Antheil:


    I've never heard Antheil's Ballet Mécanique, but I've got some of his other compositions in my CD collection. I first learned about the Antheil-Lamarr connection from reading the notes that came with one of those CDs.
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