Everyone knows Marconi was one of the world’s most disagreeable scientists. What they don’t know is he was surrounded by people nearly as disagreeable as himself. And that a famous demonstration of his “wireless” was taken over by a magician-turned-skeptic-turned-pirate.
In the early days, radio was treated with open skepticism by many. Oh, everyone agreed that radio waves could be sent through the air, but few agreed on the details. Guglielmo Marconi, who had worked out the first practical radio transmitter, made a not-so-very-good name for himself ruthlessly transforming his radio from a novelty into something that could send messages from across oceans.
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