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Product description: The painting is entitled Inventor and is accompanied by the song You Will Remember Vienna. After being born in Vienna, Austria on November 9, 1914 she was named Hedwid Eva Maria Kiesler. Her father, Emil, was a bank director, and her mother, Gertrud, was a pianist. She was schooled privately. Later in life, Kiesler married Fritz Mandl, a man thirty years her senior. He was an arms maker who specialized in shells & grenades, and progressed to the manufacture of military aircraft in the mid 1930’s. He also did research in the field of control systems. He provided arms to Mussolini and Hitler, and Kiesler was at odds with the politics of his business. In 1940, Kiesler met an composer named George Antheil His “Ballet Meanique” required sixteen player pianos, xylophones, and percussion. It was performed using airplane propellers and a siren during its debut in Paris in 1926. Kiesler had learned a great deal during her tenure as the wife of a munitions manufacturer, and had an idea that she hoped would help the Allies to win the war. The technology already existed to guide torpedoes with radio signals. But it was also a relatively simple matter to jam the signals. She had an idea that she and Anthiel dubbed “frequency hopping.” The idea was to send the signal over a series of 88 random radio frequencies at split-second intervals. Thus, anyone trying to intercept or jam the signal would hear only random noise. Anthiel proposed to use a clockwork mechanism controlled by paper tape, like that of a player piano, in both the transmitter and the receiver. On August 11, 1942, Kiesler and Anthiel were granted patent number 2,292,387 for their “Secret Communication System.” Her portrait is super imposed on the sketch of their invention. They gave it to the Navy. The Navy considered the mechanism too cumbersome to be implemented. The idea of frequency hopping was abandoned, and Anthiel and Kiesler's patent expired 17 years later. Three years later, with the invention of the transistor, Sylvania put the idea to use in ships sent to blockade Cuba in 1962. Once the use and availability of small and inexpensive computer chips became commonplace, the system was put into use in wireless Internet and cellular transmissions. Kiesler and Anthiel never received a penny for their work (which angered me and inspired me to paint her), though it is cited as the basis for most spread spectrum technology in use today. Nor did they receive widespread recognition for their invention until the 1990’s. In 1997, the Electronic Frontier Foundation formally acknowledged their invention. Anthiel did not live to see it—he died in 1959. Kiesler, who had retired in Florida, responded with, “It’s about time.” When looking for biographical information on Hedwig Kiesler, one is struck by the often-repeated phrase, “Not just another pretty face.” In her later years, she retired to Florida, legally blind, and did not go out alone. Kiesler was found dead in her home on January 19, 2000, at the age of 86. So here is a belated and well deserved salute to a patriot, mathematician, engineer, and movie actress we all knew as Heddy Lamarr.
 
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INVENTOR

Paintings by Alba Paintings

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  • Product ID#: 213832
  • Dimensions: 18" width x24" height x.625" depth
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Materials: Acrylic, Oil
  • Subject: People
  • Style: Realism
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Red, White

Artwork Description: The painting is entitled Inventor and is accompanied by the song You Will Remember Vienna. After being born in Vienna, Austria on November 9, 1914 she was named Hedwid Eva Maria Kiesler. Her father, Emil, was a bank director, and her mother, Gertrud, was a pianist. She was schooled privately. Later ...
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I've been drawing since childhood. I'm a retired military pilot. When stationed in northern Maine I began to paint. I painted off and on for 30 years...mostly off. After being furloughed from the airline industry I began to paint daily. I've been doing that for three years. I strive for realism. I enjoy painting from old black & white photos, videos, and ancient sculpture. I'm now dedicating my web site at AlbaPaintings.com to painting the greatest generation. read more