Radio, the greatest patented invention of all time. Whilst it is Tesla who is credited with the first US patent, number 6451576, it was Marconi who is best known and the most commercially successful; inventing his wireless telegraph machine based on its principles.
Radio has transformed our world, benefiting humanity in so many different ways. It was arguably a catalyst for some of the biggest technological advances in the 20th century; television, radar and mobile phones.
Radio has widened our scientific horizons, giving us the tools to search for life outside of our solar system. It opened doors to understanding the atomic world via NMR techniques which were developed into 3D medical scanners.
Of all the inventions of the 19th and the 20th century it has done the most to promote world peace; helping to bring us closer together, bridging distances at the speed of light and making the world seem much smaller than it actually is.
It is our entertainment, our communication, our lifeline and the greatest patented invention of all time. One day it may also be our telephone to the stars.
Submitted by: Ian Anderson