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What is the saddest truth about smart people?

Know this woman?

This is Austrian-American actress, Hedy Lamarr, recognised as one of the most beautiful, sensual women in Hollywood during the ’30s & ’40s, during Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's “golden age” of cinema.

What many won't know, is that she basically invented the technology we use today for GPS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi. It's a pity that history remembers her for her looks, rather than her intellect.

But why is that so?

Back in the ’40s, Lamarr recognised the flaw in radio-controlled torpedoes and how they could be easily jammed. Together with her friend George Antheil, she developed a “secret communication system” for war-time use.

She created a “frequency hopping” signal as a way to guide radio-controlled missiles without any detection, which would effectively counter any attempts by the Nazis to jam or track their signals.

On June 10, 1941, the duo submitted their patent. US Patent No. 2,292,387 was subsequently granted on August 11, 1942 for their early work on spread spectrum technology. But since the military wasn’t too keen on receiving help from civilians, and because this technology was way ahead of its time, they chose to overlook her work entirely.

Lamarr's technology was eventually implemented in naval ships in the ’60s, but up until her passing in 2000, she didn't earn a single cent from her pioneering concept. This was because her patent had expired in 1959, and yet the idea was still utilised in the development of a new secure military communications system found on ships sent to the Cuban blockade in 1962.

That may have been an oversight on her part, but to think that the world failed to acknowledge her for her contributions for so long is deeply saddening. It wasn't until 1997 when she was presented with two awards by the Electronic Frontier Foundation did she finally gain recognition, though she had already turned 82 by then.

Even then, hardly any of us remember her for her scientific contributions, even today.

So what's the saddest truth about smart people?

Smart people often fall through the cracks. They are frequently overlooked, forgotten, and hardly ever get the credit that they truly deserve.

What a pity that history forgets its heroes.


This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

Do you think Hedy Lamarr was an unappreciated genius? She was very beautiful and smart, indeed.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
92 Comments
Clarence Quismundo
A responsible government would have done the right thing by giving her the much deserved royalties (you cannot eat plaques and medals). And ironically we are talking about the US government here.
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Nov 24, 2019 7:50PM
sandrafinch
I think a lot of men are still afraid of smart women because they feel their masculinity threatened.
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Jan 12, 2020 8:57AM
jack patti go
Shecwas so beautiful, but a really smart woman! Men wete scared of smart women, then!
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Dec 4, 2019 11:51PM
joneal
Like many people that I have met and have a personal relationship/friendship with that are almost "genius level" IQ's, that are too modest/humble. Sadly, these same people are the type our country needs instead of those narcissistic/ego driven wanting all the fame.
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Oct 10, 2018 8:26AM
Katzman
She wrote the schematic on the back of a napkin!
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Jul 31, 2019 5:38PM
helenmbitting
I read about this before somewhere else, & yes she was noted for her beauty, but that brain of here was more beautiful...sad how she wasn't taken seriously, & never collected a penny for her brilliance... That's the gov't for you...
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Sep 3, 2019 8:37PM
Darlene Davidson
The intelligence of beautiful women is seldom taken seriously.
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Aug 18, 2021 8:52PM
Dianne Williams
How interesting such a pity men did not really look at her incredible invention it would have put war science so far ahead instead of all the wasted years before probably a man decided it works. Beautiful woman
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Aug 24, 2020 12:05AM
Greg Hirst
Sadly too true. Populism & rhetoric appear to win the day!
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Aug 15, 2020 5:53AM
johnedaura
She was before my time but it's great to know she contributed in this way.
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Mar 30, 2020 9:20AM
Janet Poor
Very sad indeed...such a lovely, talented & gifted woman...very sad & unjust...😠
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Feb 9, 2020 9:44PM
tbear
I knew this story! Such a shame it took so long for her to get credit!😢
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Jan 30, 2020 7:22PM
peteryearwood
Unbelievable Sad
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Nov 1, 2019 5:45PM
Matthew T. Costello
the crazy thing is many inventors were huge promoters rather than inventors like Fremont and Whitney and she was a true performer and her genius was overlooked
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Aug 20, 2019 5:55PM
goplatinumone
Beauty is only skin deep, but most people don't get past the Beauty to the exciting Brain some people possess....
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Jul 8, 2019 6:36AM
Philomena Lobo
Quite an insight abt this beautiful actress. Beauty is not only skin deep but brain deep too
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Jun 29, 2019 1:38AM

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