Last updated on March 28th, 2023
43. In Public, He Urged Closer Ties Between Nazi Germany and Italy
Word had it that there was an altercation between Marconi and Mussolini’s alliance with Hitler. But in April 1936, Marconi called on Nazi Germany and Italy to strengthen their ties in public. During his funeral, the German führer sent an enormous bouquet.
44. He Faced a BBC Ban
When the Italian armed forces invaded Ethiopia in 1935, many nations condemned Italy. In defense of his country, Marconi made several statements over the radio justifying the baseless invasion. BBC considered his speech notorious and banned him from broadcasting such matters.
45. Marconi Died at His Home in Rome
Until his passing, Marconi continued to develop short-range radio transmission technology. On July 20, 1937, he suffered a heart attack, died in his villa in Rome, Italy, and was buried at a state funeral. His life span was 63 years.
46. Marconi was Memorialized With a Moment of Silence by the BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation paid tribute by observing a two-minute of silence following the passing on of Guglielmo Marconi. He was honored in England, America, and Italy for his contributions to radio advancements.
47. Church Rituals Were Not to Guglielmo’s Taste
The Vatican Osservatore Romano claimed that Guglielmo died a Christian death. Nonetheless, Marconi had stipulated that he didn’t want the church involved in his final journey.
48. He Was Remembered as a Great Son of the Italian People
Franklin Delano Roosevelt hailed the late Guglielmo Marconi as one of the four great sons of the people of Italy. The other three heroes were Dante, Michelangelo, and Galileo. This was broadcast on the radio in June 1944 during the commemoration of the fall of Rome.
49. A Roundabout in EUR Has Marconi’s Monument
The Obelisk of Marconi sits in a busy roundabout in the district of Eur. A 45-meter monument was built to honor the Italian engineer and was inaugurated in 1959, just before the 1960 Summer Olympics.
50. His Popular Status as ‘Father Of Radio’ Is Hotly Contested
Though Guglielmo Marconi had significant breakthroughs in radio technology, his popular designation, ‘Father of Radio,’ is highly disputed. For instance, it is believed that Nikola Tesla created a wireless telegraph in 1893. Also, the 7777 patent was invalidated by the Supreme Court of the US because it was outmoded after Tesla developed radio-tuning gadgets.
Guglielmo Marconi – quick facts
|25 April 1874, Native House of Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna, Italy
|20 July 1937, Rome, Italy
|Maria Elettra Elena Anna Marconi, Degna Marconi, Gioia Marconi Braga, Giulio Marconi, Lucia Marconi
|Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali (m. 1927–1937), Beatrice O'Brien (m. 1905–1924)
|Nobel Prize (1909)
Shares the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Braun for their contributions to development of wireless telegraphy.
British Patent number 12039 (the first patent for a radio wave based communication system.)