Today in Tech History: April 25, 2008The father of radio and the birth of the microchip. Hello, revolutions!
Hi I'm Molly Wood. Its April 25th, 2008 and here is what happened today in tech history. On this date in 1874, wireless radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. Marconi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Karl Ferdinand Braun for their contributions in developing wireless telegraphy, which is the transmission of telegraph messages without using any connecting wires. (Unfortunately, later in his life, Marconi became an active member of the Italian Fascist movement, and since his radio work built heavily on the work of others, including Nikola Tesla, many of his radio patents were eventually overturned.) In other historical tidbits, on this date in 1901, New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. In 1961, Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit - - commonly known to you as a microchip, silicon chip, or simply "chip" -- and it's the very same chip that is the subject of the famous Moore's Law, and the chip that launched the revolution that launched the digital revolution that changed our daily lives forever. So, good work, Robert! And finally, in 1990, a day after being LAUNCHED into space, The Hubble Space Telescope was actually deployed from the space shuttle Discovery. That's it for today, space fans, consider yourselves in the know. More to come ... tomorrow.