The collection chiefly contains the
correspondence of Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), primarily to his American fiancée, Josephine
Bowen Holman. There are two manuscripts: Morse Code Legend written by Marconi and Holman's diary for January to April
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) was an Italian physicist who spent much of his professional life in
Great Britain. In the late 1890s he began experimenting with wireless telegraphy,
which culminated on December 14, 1901, with the first trans-Atlantic transmission of
a wireless telegraph. Marconi would later go on to experiment with short-wave radio
and microwaves. For a brief period that overlaps with his experiments with wireless
telegraphy, he was engaged to an American he met on the steamer St. Paul from New
York to England, Josephine Bowen Holman. The engagement was broken off by Marconi in
early 1902, and both later married other people.
125 pieces + newspaper clippings in 2 boxes
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