As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, today we honor achievements by Hedy Lamarr and Dr. Shirley Jackson that have helped shape the world we live in.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and her co-inventor George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
The theoretical physicist Dr. Shirley Jackson was the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. from MIT in 1973. While working at Bell Laboratories, she conducted breakthrough scientific research that enabled the invention of the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. She has served as the Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999) and is currently Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (2014-). In 2015, United States President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Jackson the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for contributions in science and engineering.
March is Women’s History Month and a time to honor the accomplishments and contributions of the many women who have left their mark in history. Learn more about Women’s History Month and the incredible accomplishments of women throughout history by clicking here.