Physics/History GCSE: The invention of wireless communication by Guglielmo Marconi

Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Guglielmo Marconi.

Marconi used a transmitter and receiver to turn electromagnetic waves into the first wireless communication.

In 1897 on Salisbury Plain Marconi used a balloon to hold an aerial antenna high up to produce a stronger signal and so communicate wirelessly. This experiment is repeated by the Royal Signals. In 1901 Marconi sent a message 2000 miles across the Atlantic.

This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.

Teacher Notes

This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of Marconi.

It could set the scene for a project on this or other famous historical scientists.

Students could stain their written work with tea bags to make it look as if it were written many years ago.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physics and History. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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