The woman in today's Google Doodle was a Hollywood star who designed torpedoes that helped win WWII
She designed a communications system that would help the Allies win WWII and eventually form the basis for modern WiFi.
To celebrate her achievements, Google dedicated today's Doodle to the Austrian-born inventor:
Lamarr first gained international attention when she starred in "Ecstasy," a risque 1933 Czech film that depicted nude bathing and a sex scene. Though still a teenager at the time, she was the first actress to film an orgasm in a non-pornographic film. Cemented as the quintessential sexpot of the time, she played seductresses in a number of other films from the 1930s to 1950s.
As Smithsonian magazine reports, Lamarr and Antheil were awarded a patent for their design in 1942, but donated it to the US Navy as a patriotic gesture.
Lamarr and Antheil's system would eventually form the basis for modern cell phones, satellite communication, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. For these discoveries, they were inducted into the National Inventors' Hall of Fame last year.
Susan Sarandon will also play Lamarr in an upcoming documentary, tentatively called "Hedy: The Untold Story of Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr."
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