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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Directed by Alexander Dean. US. 2017. NR. 1 hour 28 minutes. Zeitgeist. Digital.
Sun., May 20, 2018
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May 20, 2018
4:30 pm

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten — Bombshell brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

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From Weapons to Wifi – How Hedy Changed History

Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Kapil Dandekar explains how wireless technologies developed from Hedy Lamarr’s invention. Film @ 4:30pm. Talk @ 6:00.

About the Speaker

Kapil R. Dandekar received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1997.  He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 1992, he worked at the U.S. Naval Observatory and from 1993-1997, he worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

In 2001, Dandekar joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel University. He is currently a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel; the Director of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL); Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Drexel University College of Engineering.  DWSL has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, Army CERDEC, National Security Agency, Office of Naval Research, and private industry.  Dandekar’s current research interests and publications involve wireless communications, reconfigurable antennas, and smart textiles. Intellectual property from DWSL has been licensed by external companies for commercialization.



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