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Mathematics, Engineering & Computer Science
The first real wireless communication system was developed by a collection of scientists. Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message in 1838. James Maxwell, a Scottish physicist, developed the first theoretical method of sending electromagnetic waves through a medium in 1873. He theorized that these waves could travel at the speed of light. In 1888 Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Guglielmo Marconi, in 1895, conducted the first real use of radio waves by sending a signal over 2 miles to show that radio communication does not have to be in a straight line. After successfully demonstrating radio communications, Marconi quickly put his work to practical use. In 1899, he used wireless telegraphy to send a distress signal from a shipwrecked ship to a station on land, resulting in the rescue of all the passengers. During this era, many scientists feverishly worked on new wireless communication devices and their possible applications.
Zentner, Daniel, "Security Implications for Wireless Local Area Networks" (2003). Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduate Theses. 78.