- NAME: Guglielmo Marconi
- OCCUPATION: Inventor, Physicist
- BIRTH DATE: April 25, 1874
- DEATH DATE: July 20, 1937
- Did You Know?: Guglielmo Marconi's wireless system was used by the crew of the Titanic to call for assistance.
- Did You Know?: Guglielmo Marconi was also involved in the development of radar.
- Did You Know?: In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Guglielmo Marconi's radio patent invalid because work by other scientists, including Nikola Tesla, predated some of his findings.
- Did You Know?: Guglielmo Marconi's only child with Countess Bezzi-Scali of Rome, daughter Elettra, was named after his yacht.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Bologna, Italy
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rome, Italy
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Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist/inventor Guglielmo Marconi developed the first effective system of radio communication.
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Marconi married for the first time in 1905, to Beatrice O'Brien, the daughter of Edward Donough O'Brien, 14th Baron Inchiquin. He and Beatrice had three children—a son, Giulio, and two daughters, Degna and Gioia—before their union was annulled in 1927. That same year, Marconi wed Countess Bezzi-Scali of Rome, with whom he had one daughter, Elettra, named after his yacht.
In his spare time, Marconi reportedly enjoyed cycling, motoring and hunting.
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