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. . . Saluted the Man who Started Wireless Communication

Sunday, September 12, 2004; Page C02

. . . saluted the man who started wireless communication. As you drive up 16th Street chatting away on your cell phone (with a hands-free headset, of course), take a moment to reflect on how this all started. Love him or hate him, Guglielmo Marconi invented the wireless telegraph in the 1890s, which opened the way to our communication-obsessed society and won him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909. Today in Washington, he's imortalized in bronze adjacent to the Spirit of Electricity, a gilded art deco sculpture.

The Guglielmo Marconi memorial at the corner of 16th Street and Lamont Street NW honors the inventor who launched wireless communication. Sculpted by Attilio Piccirilli, it was completed in 1941. (Mario Tama For The Washington Post)

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The monument to Guglielmo Marconi is at 16th and Lamont Street NW.

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