Biography of Guglielmo Marconi

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IEEE Biography of Guglielmo Marconi

“Marconi was born in Italy in 1874 to Giuseppe and Annie Jameson Marconi. His father was a prosperous Italian landowner and his mother was from a wealthy Irish family of whiskey distillers. Because Marconi applied himself only in the subjects that he was fascinated by–physics and chemistry–he dropped out of several schools and was largely educated by private tutors in at the family’s residences in Livorno and Bologna, Italy. In 1894, after reading articles about electromagnetic, or radio, waves, and Heinrich Hertz’s death, he began thinking about building a device to transmit long and short bursts of radio waves over long distances. He understood that this method of communication would be faster than telegraphy and less cumbersome because no wires would be involved.”

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Biography of Guglielmo Marconi
Accessed: 20 June 2017