Guglielmo Marconi: The man who changed broadcasting to be honoured

Italian Princess, Elettra Marconi, is coming to Australia in July to commemorate the passing of the man widely recognised as the inventor of Radio – her father, Guglielmo Marconi.

Born in Bologna, Italy, Guglielmo Marconi would have been one-hundred-forty years old today.

After initially submitting patent 7777 for his innovative method of sending and receiving radio signals in 1900, Marconi then in 1901 made the first trans-Atlantic wireless transmission from Cornwall to Newfoundland.

Marconi went on to launch the first public radio service between Europe and North America in 1907 and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909 (shared with Karl Ferdinand Braun).

16 years later, Marconi demonstrated how far his technology had come by turning on the lights of the Sydney Town Hall from the laboratory of his yacht, the Elettra’, via radio signal from the port town Genoa.

It has been the passionate life’s work for Princess Elettra to keep her father’s legacy alive.

A series of dinners and an exclusive gala cocktail event, organised by Ben Starr to coincide with his documentary about Marconi, will mark the historic visit.


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