Badge Number 11 is named after Guglielmo Marconi who was an Italian inventor, known as the father of long distance radio, his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system.
Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy". As an entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in Britain in 1897, Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists. In 1924, he was ennobled as Marchese Marconi.
In the new era, thought itself will be transmitted by radio.
— Guglielmo Marconi
New York Times (11 Oct 1931)
Honours and awards
- In 1909, Marconi shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Braun for his contributions to radio communications.
- In 1918, he was awarded the Franklin Institute's Franklin Medal.
- In 1929, he was made a marquess by King Victor Emmanuel III., thus becoming Marchese Marconi.
- In 1977, Marconi was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
- In 1988, the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago inducted Marconi as a Pioneer.
- In 2001, Britain released a commemorative British two pound coin celebrating the 100th anniversary of Marconi's first wireless communication.
- In 2009, Italy issued a commemorative silver 5 EURO coin honouring the centennial of Marconi's Nobel Prize.