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November 11, 2007

Hop hop hop

srikanth @ 10:36 am, GMT +0000 ( 1194777410 ) Play

Identify the woman in this picture (and also why she’s relevant to this site :-) ):

Additional clues:
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Cracked by:Atul Mathew, Tathagata Chatterjee, alephnull, Gammafunction, shyam, udupendra, shivathilak, Hot Chick with Brains, samarth, iamniks, sparshithp, Ganesh Prasad, VikraM, shreyas, Suyog, ram, Dibyo, prasanth, sidsen, nisha’s thambi, Vinod, Keerthi Kiran M, jayanth, yaksha, BiGFooT and Shakeel.

She seems to have lots of fans… Answer:The woman is Hedy Lamarr. (Lots of you got that part)

Although most famous for being a very popular actress (back in the day), geeks remember her more for being one of the inventors of the earliest spread-spectrum technology known. Her idea was to use more of the spectrum by hopping frequencies, a technique now called (surprise, surprise) frequency-hopping spread spectrum.

Hot Chick with Brains also chimed in with more interesting trivia: Hedy’s likeness was also used on the logo/splash for CorelDraw. (HCwB: The Lena question may be coming soon.. It’s geek canon, we can’t not post it!)

Clue 1: Dr Isaac Kleiner’s Headcrab in the Half Life games was called Hedy Lamarr
Clue 2: Boeing ran a series of recruitment ads featuring Hedy solely as an inventor. This is one of them.

28 Responses to “Hop hop hop”

  1. Ruby Payne-Scott ??

    I think not…and certainly, why would she be relevant to this site ? because she was a communist geek who married secretly ?????

  2. Atul Mathew

    Hedy Lamarr. Famous for her co-invention of the spread spectrum.

  3. Tathagata Chatterjee

    Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood actress.
    Co-invented the first form of Spread Spectrum, a key to modern wireless communication. Her idea of “frequency hopping” was used later on as a basis to develop CDMA technology.
    Tathagata Chatterjee

  4. alephnull

    Hedy Lamarr, who co-patented spread spectrum communication way back during WWII.

  5. Gammafunction

    Hedy Lamarr- co-inventor of spread spectrum.also a famous actress.Hail Tannenbaum! (for telling me about her)

  6. shyam

    Hedy Lamarr

  7. udupendra

    Hedy Lamarr, whose contributions to spread spectrum was significant in paving the way for wireless communication.

  8. shivathilak

    the lady is hedy lamarr who invented the frequency hopping spread spectrum used in modern day wireless lans and radio controls and other computer communication networks. relevence to the site is simple, the sites data uses a similar protocol for data transfer from the servers to users.

  9. Hot Chick with Brains

    Hedy Lamarr- On the site for two reasons- inventing frequency hopping spread spectrum, and as a model for Corel Draw.

    Any chance of a question on the Lena image soon?

  10. samarth

    Hedy Lamarr, a famous actress and inventor of frequency hopping spread sprectrum.

    the second photo is of Dr. Isaac Kleiner from the game Half Life in which the crab is refeerred to as
    lamarr and hedy!!

  11. iamniks

    Hedy Lamarr( Austrian-born American Jewish actress ) … gets credit for co-inventing frequency hopped spread spectrum…

  12. Dibyo

    Grace Hopper, and the computer bug?

  13. sparshithp

    its hedy lamarr

  14. Shakeel

    The woman is Hedy Lamarr,the co inventor of the Frequency Hopped Spread Spectrum.
    why is she relevant to this site?? she didnt make any money from the patent,and maybe you also are not.(a wild guess…..)

  15. Ganesh Prasad

    A Boeing recruitment advertisement featuring World War II-era Hollywood starlet Hedy Lamarr.
    The advertisement, the second phase of the “Don’t Let History Happen Without You” campaign, focuses on the fact that the actress was also the co-inventor of a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance

  16. VikraM

    Hedy Lamarr…..she invented frequency hopped spread spectrum transmission in 1942…..

    Boeing’s recruitment ads featured her purely as a scientist, not as an actress… (1942 seen in the pic..)

    Dr Isaac Kleinedr’s debeaked headcrab in Half Life 2 is called lamarr…

  17. shreyas

    The lady is Hedy Lamarr.
    She co-invented a frequency hopped spread spectrum communication system used during WW2.

  18. She is the actress, Hedy Lamarr. Connection with this site could be that she is the co-inventor of spread spectrum which is now a key to wireless communication with application in wifi internet connections.

  19. ram

    Lady: Hedy lamarr was an Austrian-born American Jewish actress and communications technology innovator.

    Hedy Lamarr (under her then-married name of Hedy Kiesler Markey) and composer George Antheil received U.S. Patent 2,292,387 for their Secret Communication System on August 11, 1942. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam.

    This idea was controversial and ahead of its time and technology. The technology was not implemented until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba,[3] after the patent had expired. Neither Lamarr nor Antheil (who died in 1959) made any money from the patent. Perhaps due to this lag in development, the patent was little-known until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Lamarr an award for this contribution.[1]

    Lamarr’s frequency-hopping idea served as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones to WiFi Internet connections. The technology in particular that is often attributed to her and George Antheil is CDMA.[4]

    Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council but she was told that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds. She once raised $7,000,000 at just one event.

  20. Dibyo

    Sorry, I meant Hedi Lamar, and the frequency hopping funda.

  21. prasanth

    Hedy Lamarr

  22. sidsen

    lammar and frequency hopping

  23. nishas thambi

    the woman would be hedy lamarr

  24. Vinod

    Hedy Lamarr..connection to this site?? it Inventor!!??!!

  25. Keerthi Kiran M

    This is Hedy Lamarr who got a patent for Frequency hopping Spread Spectrum but got no royalty since the patent expired before someone implemented it.

  26. jayanth

    Hedy lamarr!! she invented frequency hopping using a piano roll..

  27. yaksha

    the lady>Hedy Lamarr
    The advertisement, the second phase of the “Don’t Let History Happen Without You” campaign, focuses on the fact that the actress was also the co-inventor of a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance. The ad features a young, sultry Lamarr, nicknamed “the most beautiful woman in films,” against a background image of a current satellite antenna, with the title “A moment of insight that helped secure the future.”

  28. BiGFooT

    Hedy Lamarr – co-inventor of the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology , which is used in CDMA cellphone networks.

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