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Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937) : turning on radio
Guglielmo Marconi is regarded as the grandfather of radio communication, who devised the first practical system of wireless telegraphy. Alongside innumerable awards, honours and doctorates, Marconi was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1909....
Maxwell, James Clerk (1831-1879) : the radiation inspiration
James Clerk Maxwell was a truly great scientist who first proposed a unified theory of electro-magnetism and helped shape the future of physics for several generations.

He grew up and studied in a wealthy environment in Edinburgh, moving to Aberdeen to become a professor of physics in 1856, aged only 25....
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) : the language of telegraph
Samuel Morse is famed as the creator of Morse code and was also telegraph's greatest promoter.

Morse was a well-off, well-connected artist, who had also studied chemistry and philosophy at Yale University before becoming intrigued by the telegraph....
Morse & Vail  : meeting of minds
Samuel Morse, the American pioneer of the telegraph, had a wealthy backer called Alfred Vail who was himself a skilled engineer.

So not only was Vail able to provide Morse with financial backing, he was also able to provide production support and expertise....
Murray, Donald (1865-1945) : Murray makes a mint from telegraphy
Donald Murray invented the 5-unit code multiplex telegraph system.

Murray migrated from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, to study and then became a journalist....
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

featured story

100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...