25 APRIL .... the day of the father of the radio : MARCONI

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  1. KK5R

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  3. W1YW

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    Inventors worry lots about what good and bad their inventions bring upon others.

    Except for Hiram Maxim. Who invented the machine gun.
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  4. W1YW

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    You can have it. The Waltham Watch company didn't think too much of it.

    You really should read the Tesla patent book.
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  5. W1YW

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    I have; did so before you were born as a matter of fact.

    SO you have a British actor portraying a Nazi.

    What, as an American inventor and Scientist, am I supposed to learn from this?
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  6. KK5R

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    This is from the website presented previously...

    It should be noted that Marconi, himself, "invented" or "discovered" relatively few things in his early work.

    Basically, he early on had used Righi's transmitter, Branly's coherer, Lodge's resonant circuits, as well as the earthed vertical aerial suggested by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and others. Marconi did, however, make numerous very important improvements to each of these elements of his wireless system. He had the necessary ability to "make things work" thanks not only to his talent but also to his single-purposed devotion to the idea of using Hertzian waves for long distance communication. To the general public, however, Marconi's name soon became associated with all aspects of the "invention" of wireless. The reason for this is simple.

    The "world" typically gives its acclaim to those who produce exciting results which it (the "world") can understand. The "world" did not understand what Maxwell, Hertz, Lodge, Popov, and others had done because most of their achievements were of interest largely to scientists and these achievements had not been widely publicized in the non- scientific press. The "world" could easily understand what Marconi had accomplished because the basic concept (signalling at a distance) was simple and Marconi had made sure that his achievements were well publicized. Consequently, Marconi received virtually all of the popular acclaim for having "invented" wireless telegraphy.
    There have been controversies concerning the priority of the "invention"of radio for almost a century. Such an attempt to identify only one to whom all the credit should be given is incorrect, however, as pointed out in the beginning of this paper. It also should be noted that the "struggle" for establishing the priority of invention for propaganda purposes typically is characteristic of totalitarian states. Thus, Mussolini's regime presented radio as an "Italian invention," and concurrently with exalting Marconi's accomplishments, the "invention" of the coherer was attributed by that regime to the Italian physicist T.Calzecchi-Onesti (1853-1922).

    Similarly, in Russia (and later the U.S.S.R.) since the turn of the century,Popov became known as the "inventor" of wireless telegraphy (in more recent times, he has been called the "inventor" of radio or of radio communication). Interestingly, even in the early days of this century, not everyone in Russia shared this viewpoint of Popov's achievements. It is also important to note that Popov himself never claimed that title. In 1908 D. Sokoltsov, an instructor at the Military Electrotechnical School, called the popular Russian version of the invention of wireless (by Popov) an "old patriotic tale." Under Stalin's rule, however, the popular Russian version of events became canonical.

    Everyone in the U.S.S.R. writing or speaking on the history of wireless was expected to adhere to the official version of "history." Any deviations from it were dangerous in the Soviet era. Thus, when Matvey Bronstein (1906-1938), a young Leningrad scientist and science writer, refused to "correct" his brochure entitled The Inventors of Wireless Telegraphy, he was asking for serious trouble. Even the title of his work ran counter to the official version, i.e., the single-handed invention of wireless by Popov. Eventually, Bronstein's book was ready for publication and Bronstein himself were destroyed (he was shot down in the basement of a Leningrad prison).
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  7. KK5R

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    Continuation of the previous info regarding Popov and Marconi.....

    The risks associated with deviating from the official Soviet version of history did not end with Stalin, however. There also was a case known to one of the authors where the editor-in-chief of an engineering journal in which had been published an allegedly "biased" article favourable to Marconi was dismissed from his position and the author of the article was deprived of the right to defend his D.Sc. dissertation. The year was 1974, the centennial of Marconi's birth. No matter what Popov's overall international importance in the development of wireless was, he must be given credit for his outstanding contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy in Russia. Alexander Popov (1859-1906) Popov truly was Russia's wireless pioneer. In addition to his achievements already mentioned, Popov set up Russia's first manufacture of wireless equipment, organised the training of wireless personnel, and established relations with European specialists in wireless equipment. Of special significance was Popov's cooperation with the French scientist, engineer and businessman Eugene Ducretet (1844-1915). Ducretet manufactured and sold wireless receiving equipment based on Popov's design. This cooperation coincided with the Russo-French rapprochement which occurred at the turn of the century. From 1899 until 1904,the Ducretet Company supplied electrical equipment, including wireless apparatus, to the Russian Navy. There were many throughout the world who contributed to the development of wireless.

    Marconi gets, and deserves, the lion's share of the credit for the development of practical long distance wireless telegraphy systems but it must be remembered that many others also made important contributions.

    Alexander Popov's name and achievements are not well known in the West. Nonetheless, the significance of Popov's work, like that of Lodge and others, must never be underestimated in the annals of communication technology history. "We see here scientists' disinterested work and engineers' and technicians' more purposeful efforts come together just as brooks born in different countries flow together to form a big river, scientific discoveries and industrial inventions have joined to bring about great accomplishments in radio." Louis de Broglie (1892-1987).
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  8. N2NH

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    When I read that the Father of Radio was named Marconi, I was wondering when Nikola Tesla changed his name. ;)
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  9. W1YW

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    Marconi was more than a good businessman. He was an excellent inventor, although a sparse one, whose talent was more focused on bundling others' inventions to produce a parent technology.

    However, if you think he doesn't shape TODAY's world--think again. Marconi's patent on METAMATERIALS is --THE--"Source" patent on that subject. It will be 100 years old next year.

    Amazing. Even now.

    To wit:
    US Patent
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  10. W6LDX

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    One can loose the patents very easily after the holder has died. It is done quite frequently. We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.
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