Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born actress, whom Hollywood once referred to as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, has an unbelievable history to tell. Bored by the film industry, Lamarr helped in the Allied war efforts against the Nazis, during World War II.
Google’s homepage, on 9 November, was not only decorated with a musical doodle, but also contained a story of Hollywood star Lamarr’s 101st birthday.
Lemarr used the principle of how pianos worked, so as to identify a way to prevent German submarines from jamming ally radio signals; she worked on this technique with her composer friend George Antheil.
The patent for ‘frequency hopping’ that Lamarr, who had a background in munitions, co-authored, laid the base for technologies such as Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi. Nobdoy could have thought that a Hollywood actor from the 1940s, along with Antheil, would help develop technologies which are used in the modern world.
Doodler Jennifer Hom created today’s doodle, celebrating the birth anniversary of the Lamarr, depicting different scenarios, as an actor by day and an inventor by night. These doodles were then animated and set to a soundtrack by composer Adam Ever-Hadani.