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Marconi Jubilee and Exhibition

Nature volume 159, pages 598599 (03 May 1947) | Download Citation



FIFTY years ago, in 1897, Signor Guglielmo Marconi gave the first demonstration of wireless telegraphy which was recognized by the Postmaster-General as establishing a new means of communication. At that time, Marconi was twenty-three years old, and he had come to Great Britain in the previous year from Bologna, where he had conceived the idea of using the so-called Hertzian waves for the development of a means of signalling without a wire connexion between the sending and receiving stations. Sir William Preece, who was the engineer-in-chief of the Post Office at the time, had been conducting experiments with a wireless circuit using magnetic induction between large loops ; and it was due to Preece's interestand encouragement that Marconi was able to develop his experiments, leading to a successful demonstration across the Bristol Channel. It was in commemoration of this demonstration that jubilee dinner was held at Guildhall on April 21 under the presidency of Lord Listowel, the retiring Postmaster-General.

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