Hedy Lamarr was an incredible woman. In fact she’s the reason I’m able to post this blog to my website and you’re able to read it. Yes, she was an inventor and responsible for wifi. She invented the concept of packet switching during the Second World War, although I believe it had a different name then.
Born in Austria, Hedy fled the Nazi occupied country in the middle of the night (or so goes the story) and wound up under contract in Hollywood. Her beauty combined with the riské content of one of her early Austrian films, Ecstasy, meant she was typecast and not given much of a chance to develop as an actress. But that didn’t stop her developing her mind: she had a small silence lab on set and worked at inventions while shooting. All her life, in fact coming up with many inventions including one to help the US war effort. Unfortunately, her Austrian roots led to her being regared with suspicion by the America government and neither she, nor her collaborator, ever earnt a thing for their invention and she wasn’t even recognised for it until about 50 years later! Among many other things inventor’s mind even helped pioneer a lot of the cosmetic surgery procedures we see all around us now. A truly amazing woman.
Hence the mug. I wonder what great ideas can come to us if we ask – What Would Hedy Lamarr Do?