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Guglielmo Marconi: Application of Radio Waves to Communication, 1918

Introduction: Guglielmo Marconi

With a knack for mechanical tinkering, Guglielmo Marconi had built his first telegraph transmitter by age 16. As a gifted amateur, Marconi had a wireless transmitter that could span 2,000 meters by age 21. This extraordinary young scientist would go on to make the world a smaller place. With wireless communication, distant lands became closer.

Just who was Guglielmo Marconi? How did he adapt Hertz's discovery of radio waves to his own work? And how did Marconi's determination and perseverance factor into his success with wireless telegraphy?

These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of this man's lifelong work.

Be sure to stop at each of the milestones in Marconi's development of wireless telegraphy.