No, Hedy Lamarr did not ‘make’ Wi-Fi

Why she wasn’t a science genius, and how Wi-Fi really got made

Figures from Patent US2292387A “Secret Communication System,” filed by Hedy Kiesler Markey (Hedy Lamarr) and George Antheil. Image source:
  • Mark Zuckerberg: “I made Facebook”
  • Steve Jobs: “I made Apple”
Dr. Guanella (left), image source ABB Schweiz — ABB Schweiz, CC BY 2.5 ch, and Hedy Lamarr (right), image source Employee(s) of MGM — source, Public Domain.
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