Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by Guglielmo Marconi


Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission[1] and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio,[2] and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”.[3][4][5]

Marconi was also an entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in the United Kingdom in 1897 (which became the Marconi Company). He succeeded in making an engineering and commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists.[6][7] In 1929, the King of Italy ennobled Marconi as a Marchese (marquis).

9 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by Guglielmo Marconi

  1. Eighty years later, I think it would have been better if humanity had NOT gained victories in its “struggles” with “Space & Time.”

    (Except for the Internet, of course, which has conquered the massive “space” between people & continents & communication, but at the same time has robbed us of Time. 😉

  2. I had read somewhere previously that Tesla invented wireless radio transmission two years before Marconi, but Tesla did not have the money to promote it whereas Marconi was loaded & advertised himself as the inventor. Since I can’t remember where I read that, I can’t prove it.

    Wiki gives a somewhat different but evidently documented version:

    “In 1915, Tesla attempted to sue the Marconi Company for infringement of his wireless tuning patents. Marconi’s initial radio patent had been awarded in the US in 1897, but his 1900 patent submission covering improvements to radio transmission had been rejected several times, before it was finally approved in 1904, on the grounds that it infringed on other existing patents including two 1897 Tesla wireless power tuning patents. Tesla’s 1915 case went nowhere, but in a related case, where the Marconi Company tried to sue the US government over WWI patent infringements, a Supreme Court of the United States 1943 decision restored the prior patents of Oliver Lodge, John Stone, and Tesla. The court declared that their decision had no bearing on Marconi’s claim as the first to achieve radio transmission, just that since Marconi’s claim to certain patented improvements were questionable, the company could not claim infringement on those same patents.”

    • Yes, I saw that paragraph in Wikipedia. I don’t know who Oliver Lodge and John Stone are but it must have been quite a legal battle.

      Wikipedia also noted that Marconi could have been on the Titanic, but took the Lusitania instead. The latter ship was sunk several years later, I recall.

      • Interesting about Marconi skipping the Titanic ride for the Lusitania. I wonder if he got word in advance the bankers/insurers were going to sink the Titanic?

        “Titanic Sinking Was an Insurance Scam” (Part 1 of 2):

        As for radio/electric legal battles, boy, there was a lot of that going on in the last century. Besides Tesla vs. Marconi, there was Tesla vs. Edison, Armstrong vs. RCA, etc. It’s all sad, really. The stress must have been horrendous in the long drawn out legal battles. It slowly kills people.

  3. Tesla fell in love with a bird, a story you would like. From Wiki, above link:

    “Tesla would walk to the park every day to feed the pigeons. He took to feeding them at the window of his hotel room and bringing the injured ones in to nurse back to health. He said that he had been visited by a specific injured white pigeon daily. Tesla spent over $2,000, including building a device that comfortably supported her so her bones could heal, to fix her broken wing and leg. Tesla stated:

    ‘I have been feeding pigeons, thousands of them for years. But there was one, a beautiful bird, pure white with light grey tips on its wings; that one was different. It was a female. I had only to wish and call her and she would come flying to me. I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.'”

    • Beautiful story. A flock of pigeons have taken to roosting in the tree outside my apartment window, but I have made friends with any of them. Some of them are pure white.

      I have made friends with a fat brown toad who lives near the apt laundry room. He or she comes out at night. I only see him or her once in a while, but I stop and chat a while in the cooler night air when he’s out from wherever he lives.

      • Funny about the fat brown toad (the ones with the bumpy skin, right?) being out cruising around at night. If it’s cooler at night, maybe he is drawn to the heat that dryers may be putting out in the laundry area.

        That, or he can’t sleep because somebody’s tennis shoes are knocking around in the dryer, lol, & he’s come to investigate the noise.

        Here’s a big fat boy…

        Let me know if he ever replies to any of your chit chat, haha.

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