Google is celebrating the 101 birth anniversary of Austrian film actress-turned-inventor Hedy Lamarr.
Born on November 9, 1914,Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler helped developed technology we all use in smartphones today.
Dubbed as the “most beautiful woman in the world” by Hollywood, Lamarr appeared in numerous popular feature films, but soon became bored by the film industry and felt typecasted.
She then became interested in helping the Allied war effort. Lamarr along with her friend, George Antheil, used the principles of how pianos worked to identify a way to prevent German submarines from jamming Ally radio signals.
Her patent for “frequency hopping” laid the groundwork for widely-used technologies like Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.
“Lamarr has kind of a mythical status at Google”, said doodler Jennifer Hom. “We love highlighting the many good stories about women’s achievements in science and technology.”