International Inventor’s Day: celebrated today in honor of Hedy Lamarr

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Every November 9 is commemorated around the world, the International Inventor’s Day, a date set in honor of Austrian actress, engineer, and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

This renowned professional was the creator of the spread spectrum, which is the technique used to find the frequency spectrum available to send data and signals through telecommunications systems. In other simpler words, it is what prevents one station or television channel from overlapping another.

Later, the German inventor Gerhard Muthenthaler, chose the day of the actress’s birth, to pay tribute to all the inventors in the world, but specifically to Lamarr, which went down in history from anonymity since he ceded the patent for his invention to the United States Army during World War II.

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Inventor women

While there is currently a trend to encourage girls to pursue scientific careers, Before it was believed it was believed that women should not be inclined towards this type of specialties and technical subjects.

In large part, this look is due to the great historical anonymity to which women have been condemned, mainly because of a gender discrimination typical of the time.

What’s more, in the International Women’s Day 2016, Microsoft asked several women to name their favorite inventors. Personalities like Da Vinci, Tesla, Einstein and Edison came to the fore, but when they were asked to name their favorite inventors, the only thing that reigned was silence, since none of them knew a female figure worth naming.

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In fact, historically there have been exceptional women, not just Lamarr or Marie Curie. The women’s inventions are present in various sectors of society, such as motor racing, navigation or health, among other subjects.

Some of these great creators:

  • Mary Anderson– A prestigious Alabama-born businesswoman is the creator of one of the world’s most useful inventions: windshield wipers.
  • Martha Coston: creator of the flare gun, her invention has saved the lives of many castaways at sea.
  • Sarah MatherIn 1845, this woman patented the periscope, with the aim of inspecting the depths of the ocean.
  • Gertrude Bell Elion: his contribution was to discover drugs that treat different autoimmune diseases such as leukemia, malaria, and urinary infections.

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