Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who was a native of Italy. His father Giuseppe was from Bologna, Italy. His mother was Annie Jameson from Daphne Castle, Co Wexford, Ireland. Marconi’s great grandfather was John Jameson, founder of Irish whiskey distillers Jameson & Sons.
Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy in 1874. He received his early education at home before becoming a student at Livorno Technical Institute. As a student at the Institute he began experimenting with radio waves. Through his own research and using research carried out by others he developed the first effective system of radio communication.
On December 12th 1901 Marconi succeeded in sending the first wireless signal across the Atlantic to America. He routed the signal through Rosslare and Clifden in Ireland. He founded the Marconi Telephone Company and became a successful businessman. He continued to experiment with radio technology and died in Rome on July 20th 1937.
Guglielmo Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, was born in the year 1874 On This Day.