Sex symbol and communications specialist

She caused an international scandal by appearing nude in a Czechoslovak movie of 1933 before becoming a glamorous Hollywood star.

She was Jewish but married an arms manufacturer who socialised with Hitler and Mussolini.

She invented a frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technique that was so far ahead of its time that it was first submitted in 1941 but not used until the Cuba missile crisis of 1962.

Who was she? Her name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kieseler but you might know her as Hedy Lamarr.  More information here.

And why do I mention her now on this blog?  Because she appears as a character in a novel I’m reading at the moment: “The Glass Room” by Simon Mawer.



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