CSES Centenary Lectures: Two Wireless Ages – From Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy to the Internet of Things by Elizabeth Bruton

Date: Friday, 22 May 2020 19:30 - 21:30

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University (Que 101)  |  City: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Bruton (Curator of Technology and Engineering, Science Museum, London)

This special Centenary Lecture is one of a series of talks taking place throughout 2020 to celebrate 100 years of Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Guglielmo Marconi proposed a new age of wireless and long-distance communications – a global network connected seamlessly without wires. His company, the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Limited, promoted this new and evolving technology while dealing with issues of scalability, intellectual property and patent rights, interconnectivity, and international regulations. Today, we deal with similar issues in our new wireless ages from 5G to smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). What can we learn from Marconi's first age of wireless over 100 years ago?

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Dr Elizabeth Bruton is Curator of Technology and Engineering at the Science Museum, London. She was previously Heritage Officer at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, University of Manchester; Co-curator / Researcher for the "Harry's Story: Henry Moseley, a scientist lost to war" HLF-funded project and exhibition at the History of Science Museum, Oxford; and postdoctoral researcher for AHRC-funded project "Innovating in Combat: Telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War", University of Leeds. Her research interests include museums, communications history, military history, electrical history, gender, Victorian technologies, and scientific institutions.

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Refreshments will be available before the talk from 19:00.






All Dates

  • Friday, 22 May 2020 19:30 - 21:30