Receiver that could detect radio waves produced by lightning discharges

Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov, a Russian Radio inventor, claimed by historians from the former Soviet Union, had a meeting with the Russian Physical and Chemical Society that took place on May 7, 1895. At this meeting Popov demonstrated his receiver that could detect radio waves produced by lightning charges many miles away.

On March 24, 1896, Popov demonstrated the transmission and reception of information by wireless telegraphy more than three months before a similar demonstration by the Italian-Irish inventor Guglielmo Marconi in England. But as always it is who has a patent that wins, because, it was Marconi who obtained the world’s first radio patent on June 2, 1896, and who was the indispensable figure in the worldwide commercialization of the radio technology.

      March 24, 1896
      Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov
      Radio inventor

      Guglielmo Marconi
      Radio inventor
      Patent owner since June 2, 1896

Additional Information:

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  • Lightning detection – Wikipedia
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  • Timeline of radio – Wikipedia
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  • Marconi Historic Site – Cape Breton Island –‎
    The site where Guglielmo Marconi initiated the age of global communications: in December 1902, a wire antenna suspended from four giant wooden towers beamed an official wireless message across the Atlantic. Exhibits include a model of the original Table Head station, and remains of the tower foundation.
  • Guglielmo Marconi – Wikipedia
    Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (/mɑːrˈkoʊni/); Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system. He is usually credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”.

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