Radio is one of the most powerful inventions in the world today. Billions of people worldwide depend on it daily to receive information about world events and occurrences.
It has helped foster community participation and also created an appetite for transparent and accountable governance.
Its importance to society can’t be overlooked, thus on this special day, we are throwing light on some notable scientists who have contributed to the invention of the radio.
The invention of the radio was a collaborated effort of several scientists thus, there is no exact date for the birth of the invention.
Before Nikola Tesla was awarded the patent for the invention of the radio in 1943, several scientists filed claims to the authorities for recognition as the true inventor of the device.
Although Tesla was awarded the patent for the invention of the radio in 1943, Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor and businessman is considered the “Father of Radio” because he turned the Hertz discovery into a product.
He is alleged to have used radio waves to transmit the Morse code. Marconi made the first successful transatlantic transmissions of radio waves in 1901 and 1902. In 1903, he also enabled US President Roosevelt to send a radio message to Edward VII.
Marconi also won a Nobel Prize for his “contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy” in 1909.
During the 1860s, Scottish physicist, James Clark Maxwell predicted the existence of radio waves. He was able to prove that energy and sound could be sent from one point to another without using a wire.
In 1886, German Physicist, Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid variation of electric current could be projected into space in the form of radio waves similar to those of light and heat.
Happy World Radio Day to you all!