JAN 01] MARCONI NEWS
Book Marks Centenary Of Marconi's Atlantic Leap
firm Marconi has published a book revealing the story of the
first ever radio signal to be transmitted across the Atlantic to
mark the eventís centenary.
Marconi, described as "the wizard of space", succeeded
at the age of 27 in sending the first wireless waves from Poldhu
in Cornwall to a receiver at Signal Hill, St. John's in
book, called Marconiís Atlantic Leap, is a detailed account of
how Marconi achieved his ambition.
scientists of the day believed that wireless waves travelled
only in straight lines from the transmitter and hence range was
restricted to line-of-sight.
Marconi proved that the curvature of the earth was not an
obstacle for wireless telegraphy over great distances.
took Marconi just three-and-a-half years to develop his
transmission from 10 miles, achieved in July 1897, to the
Atlantic crossing of 1,800 miles on 12 December, 1901.
period was not without its problems, weather being one of the
most difficult. Following his first successful transmission,
opposition was received from the Anglo-American Telegraph
Company, which threatened court action over the infringement of
its monopoly on all telegraphic business in Newfoundland.
book also tells how the invention revolution international
communication and saved lives.
the very early days, Marconi's achievement reduced the loss of
life by over 700 on the SS Titanic, and secured the arrest of Dr
Crippen - the first arrest accomplished by radio.
first transmission sent directly from the United States to
England was a message from President Roosevelt to King Edward
VII. Many of the illustrations that appear in the book have
never been published before.
Atlantic Leap by Gordon Bussey, Historical Consultant to Marconi
plc, is published by Marconi, price £6.99, $10.95 USA, $15.99
Canada (96 pages, hardback, ISBN-0-95389-670-6).