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Guglielmo Marconi: Application of Radio Waves to Communication, 1918


In 1918, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded the Franklin Medal in Engineering for "the application of radio waves to communication."

Count V. Macchi de Celere, "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of Italy," accepted the Franklin Medal on Marconi's behalf at the Award ceremony in May 1918.

Thomas C. Mendenhall also received a Franklin Medal that year—in Physics—for "contributions in the field of physical research and contributions to our knowledge of physical constants and electrical standards."

Marconi's Medal

Marconi's Medal (219K)
Awarded by The Franklin Institute to Guglielmo Marconi, 1918.

Final report of the Sub-committee on Arts and Sciences, awardees Guglielmo Marconi and Thomas C. Mendenhall, Cases No. 2716 & 2717, 3/6/1918

CSA Report
CSA Report Pg 1 (572K)

CSA Report
CSA Report Pg 2 (414K)

CSA Report
CSA Report Pg 3 (420K)

The following documents provide a summary of Marconi's life and work, as well as an outline of the Franklin Medal Programme and Ceremonies in May of 1918.

Marconi Report
Marconi Report 1 (945K)

Marconi Report
Marconi Report 2 (914K)

Ceremony Outline
Ceremony Outline (913K)