November 11, 2007
Identify the woman in this picture (and also why she’s relevant to this site :-) ):
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.