On this day, 80 years ago, the world lost a wonderful mind when Guglielmo Marconi passed away.  To celebrate his life and achievements, and his great friendship and collaboration with the amazing NIKOLA TESLA , we invite you to read their first-person life stories in our ‘Amazing Engineers’ title and then to take this challenge – find out more about these amazing men and their contributions to our world.  How would communication look today if they had not persisted and brought us some incredible innovations.?

Compare these two amazing stories! On June 2nd, 1896, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi applied for the following patent – “Improvements in Transmitting Electrical impulses and Signals, and in Apparatus therefor”.

However, Guglielmo’s patent was not without controversy. Why? 
To appreciate fully the impact of this event on today’s technology, in particular radio, radar and television, we need to look into the research and work of both Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla. Their achievements led to the formation of the world’s first wireless telegraph companies. Both men developed their ideas to become the leading inventors of their time.

Your challenge to research the history of these two great inventors and write a short article on your understanding of the controversy. Whatever your thoughts, they both played a vital role in the invention of the wireless telegraph. Then answer the following questions:-


When was Guglielmo Marconi born?
He received a Nobel Prize in 1909….in what field?
In 1912, the Marconi wireless technology assisted in the rescue of survivors of what tragedy?
Many places and organizations have been named after Guglielmo. Name one from Ireland, Italy and America.
When was Nikola Tesla born?
He relocated to the USA. Who did he first work for?
In what year was the Tesla Electric Light and Manufacturing Co. formed?
His image was on the cover of what magazine in 1931?
You’ll find the answers to all of these in our riveting title ‘Amazing Engineers’ .  When problems crop up, we need solutions. When something needs to be improved, or made more efficient, we need innovative ideas and positive action. Take inspiration from some of the world’s most celebrated engineers whose inspirational life stories are celebrated in this new collection.

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