GUGLIELMO MARCONI (Bologna, 25 April 1874 – Roma, 20 July 1937)
The Bolognese scientist Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless communications in 1895 and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909.
Born in 1874 in the city of the oldest university in Europe, in a climate of scientific progress, Guglielmo Marconi, at just 27 years, was able to receive the first transatlantic radio signal which led to a revolution worldwide. The name of Guglielmo Marconi has been given to Bologna’s airport, to one of the main streets of the city and to the municipality of Sasso with its hamlet Pontecchio.
He is buried in Sasso Marconi at Villa Griffone that houses also a Museum and a Foundation dedicated to him.
Purchased in the mid-nineteenth century, Villa Griffone was the family’s residence of choice where Guglielmo Marconi spent most of his life until adulthood. It was precisely in Villa Griffone that he completed his first experiments in radio transmission (1895), as reported also on a plaque on the façade of the villa. Thanks to the support of English relatives, Marconi went on with his experiments in the UK where his system of wireless telegraphy was developed and established on a global scale.
In Bologna and in its surroundings there are many places which recall the passage of Guglielmo Marconi: discover the dedicated itinerary available on our website.