Hedy Lamarr

Austrian-born movie star, diva, electrical engineer and inventor

Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna, Austria (1913-2000)

According to MGM studios: “The most beautiful woman in the world!”

Invented a method spread-spectrum (frequency-hopping) secret communication

Illustrated intro and short bio
less technical bio

Longer books: Hedy Lamarr and a Secret Communication System (Inventions and Discovery series) by Trina Robbins and Spread Spectrum: Hedy Lamarr and the mobile phone

In her last years she became a physical recluse, but spoke to people on the telephone for six or seven hours a day.


First published on February 20th, 2009 at 1:32 pm (EST) and last modified on February 20th, 2009 at 2:25 pm (EST).