Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Marconi Sends His Regrets

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Marconi Sends His Regrets

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In the fall of 1899, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, invited Guglielmo Marconi to come to his home in Nova Scotia for a visit. "I should be glad to have the opportunity of talking over with you the possibility of wireless telephony and still more glad to meet you personally and shake you by the hand," Bell explained.

But, in a handwritten reply on stationery from his New York City hotel, the 25-year-old Italian inventor sent his regrets, stating that he would soon depart for England aboard the steamship St. Paul. In closing, he wrote, "Allow me to say that you are a person of whom I have always felt the deepest admiration."

During his voyage, Marconi and his assistants installed equipment on the ocean liner that enabled the St. Paul, as it neared the British coast, to report its imminent arrival via wireless telegraphy. The message was received at a radio station that Marconi set up earlier at the Royal Needles Hotel on the Isle of Wight. A decade later, Marconi would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy, an early precursor to today's global cellular networks. …

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