News-Greatest Legend in IT -Hedy Lamarr
Greatest Legend in IT -Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913-January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-American actress celebrated for her great beauty who was a major contract star of MGM's "Golden Age".
She appeared in a n*u*d*e swimming scene which created a sensation in Europe and promptly got the film banned in the United States.
Lamarr also co-invented with composer George Antheil an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary to wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. Her technology is still the subject of research. Cellular phone manufacturers are working on it as a way to make cell phone communications more secure. More importantly, Internet service providers are working on using her technology to secure communications over the Internet.
For several years beginning in 1997, the boxes of CorelDRAW's software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of Hedy Lamarr. The picture won CorelDRAW's yearly software suite cover design contest in 1996. Lamarr sued Corel for using the image without her permission. Corel countered that she did not own rights to the image. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement in 1998.
Because her patent had expired, she was never paid a dime for her technology, but in 1997 she was honored for her work by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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