Hedy Lamarr is a famous beauty of classic Hollywood; she was also mathematically gifted and had learned a lot about weapons systems from her first husband, an arms manufacturer. She was friends with George Antheil, an avante-garde composer with similarly broad interests. Together, during World War II, the two of them patented technology that would allow radio signals to torpedoes to hop from frequency and avoid being jammed. The Navy rejected it at the time, but took it up to 20 years later during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the patent figured into the development of numerous broadcast standards, including Wi-Fi.
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