Beauty AND brains — Not too shabby, right?
Hedy Lamarr: Hollywood Sex Symbol, Tech Geek…She was a glamorous movie star of the 1930s and ’40s, a taboo-breaking beauty who is credited with simulating the first on-screen orgasm (and also appearing nude) in a 1933 film called Ecstasy.
But Hedy Lamarr was a trailblazer in more ways than one: Fascinated by science and eager to find a way to help the Allies during World War II, Lamarr came up with a way to make radio signals jump between frequencies, and thus prevent the signals from becoming jammed. After Lamarr and a partner obtained a patent for the invention in 1942, she gave it — at no charge — to the U.S. Navy, which began using it in the 1960s. Today, Lamarr’s breakthrough is used in technology like the Bluetooth wireless device.
Get to know Hedy Lamarr, the world’s sexiest inventor.