Bombshell. La Historia de Hedy Lamarr / Bombshell. The Hady Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean, 2017)

Cinema and Science Series

Invited Scientists
Maia García-Vergniory
DIPC, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
Artium Museoa, Vitoria-Gasteiz
DIPC, Basque Film Archive, San Sebastian International Film Festival
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Bombshell. La Historia de Hedy Lamarr / Bombshell. The Hady Lamarr Story (Alexandra Dean, 2017)
Still from the film.

The seventh edition of the Cinema and Science Cycle, organized by the DIPC, the Basque Film Archive and the San Sebastian Film Festival, will be held in 2024. Within the program, as every year, we will celebrate the International Day of Girls and Women in Science in collaboration with the Emakumeak Zientzian initiative.

In this year's session we will screen the documentary The Hedy Lamarr Story - (Alexandra Dean, 2017) which tells the life of the brilliant actress of classic Hollywood and Austrian inventor. During World War II Lamar patented a secret communication system. Inspired by the mechanism of a pianolet, it was first used in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and is considered one of the precursors of wifi.

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

First Maia García-Vergniory will give a brief presentation and after the screening there will be a question and answer session.

(Version: English, Subtitles: Spanish, Presentation: Spanish


About the speaker

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Maia García Vergniory is a physicist from Getxo who studies the fascinating world of electrons. She received her PhD from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and completed two postdoctoral stays at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA and the Max Planck in Halle, Germany. In 2017 she won the L'Oreal for Women in Science award and in 2019 Ikerbasque award for young female researchers. In 2023 she was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Currently, she combines a dual position at the BERC DIPC and the Max Plank in Dresden, Germany.