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Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi, (25th April 1874 – 20th July 1937) was an Italian inventor, electrical engineer and pioneer of wireless communication. He is often credited as the 'inventor of radio', but the story is far more complex than this. In 1909 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun 'in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy'. He was an entrepreneur, businessman and founder in Britain in 1897 of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company (which eventually became the Marconi Company). After five years of intensive struggle his Company went from strength to strength defining, designing and building the modern world of electronics, broadcasting and communications as we know it today.

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Tim has written and edited many other books, including "Marconi on the Isle of Wight", produced for the centenary of the closure of the Alum Bay, Royal Needles Hotel station in 2000. A long held interest in early radio sets inherited from his father and a passion for the early days of radio broadcasting led him to write "2MT Writtle - The Birth of British Broadcasting", first published in 1988. After 22 years the second, completely rewritten and much larger edition was published in October 2010. In 2012 he published the story of the world’s first purpose built wireless factory – "Marconi’s New Street Works 1912-2012. Birthplace of the Wireless Age." In 2013 he also published the completely rewritten story of "Marconi on the Isle of Wight", telling the full story of Marconi’s earliest stations and experiments.

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Voices Over Passchendaele

100 years since the end of WW1 - 95 years since the start of the BBC

The wartime story of the man who became the father of British Broadcasting.
As World War One starts, twenty-two year old Peter Pendleton Eckersley is aiming at refining the hopelessly inadequate radio sets being tested in the planes of the Royal Flying Corps. Grounded and sent back to England by his C.O. to the Brooklands Wireless Testing Development School in Surrey, Eckersley is about to make history.
A World War One play performed over armistice weekend in tribute to the fallen.
Using original props, uniforms and aircraft radios used in the trenches.
Bringing theatre to Northwood House for the first time, this new play will transport you back 100 years to the darkest days of WW1. It charts the struggle of one man as he fights to build radio equipment for the Royal flying Corps. Five years later he will build the BBC as it's first Chief engineer.
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018.
Doors open 7pm - 8pm start.
Matinee: Sunday 11th November 2018. Doors open 1pm - 2pm start.

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NEW! Guglielmo Marconi - Building the Wireless Age

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This is the detailed story of Marconi's intense, five year struggle to develop a reliable and practical wireless communication system. It was a constant search for distance and reliability, often in the face of appalling weather. Step by step he overcame countless technical difficulties, battling seemingly insurmountable problems of physics and engineering as his embryonic system began to take shape.

It was also a battle for public, press, commercial, military and scientific acceptance. It quickly became a war of money and ideas as Marconi fought against international and state sponsored competitors who deployed every form of industrial espionage and legal challenge. Each was determined to claim a piece of the new science and try to take control of what was becoming a new industrial revolution.

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