Guglielmo Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio. He did pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, building on the work of previous physicists. Marconi made radio a commercial success, forming the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company. He used a simple spark-gap transmitter that generated radio waves by an electric spark between two electrodes. The high voltage spark was generated by an induction coil powered by a battery. A telegraph key allowed the operator to transmit pulses of radio waves in Morse code. Marconi was able to transmit longer distances when he invented the monopole antenna, which reduced the frequency of the radio waves and radiated vertically polarized waves that had a greater range.
Jack Phillips and Harold Bride were the radio operators on the RMS Titanic. They were not employed by the White Star Line; they worked for the Marconi International Marine Communication Company. All those who survived the sinking, which included Harold Bride, owe their lives to Marconi᾽s invention.
This Guglielmo Marconi mug is part of our history mug series profiling the many unique individuals who shaped our world through their actions.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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