Notre Dame to host event for anniversary of first wireless transmission in North America

PHOTO CREDIT: Notre Dame Scholastic Magazine

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame on April 19 will be hosting an event on campus honoring wireless innovation.

April 19 marks the 125th anniversary of the first long-distance wireless transmission in North America, which was sent from Notre Dame to Saint Mary's College.

It was sent by Professor Jerome Green, a professor of physics and electrical engineering, by using an antenna from the top of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

It was a radio transmission, and according to the Notre Dame College of Engineering, he "hung a large antenna from the top of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and transmitted it to the Saint Mary’s College campus with self-built equipment. Green later successfully relayed telegraphic signals (in Morse code) from the Tribune Building in downtown Chicago to his receiving instrument on the eighth floor of the Marquette Building, two blocks away."

There will be multiple panels, including some about the earliest wireless experiments and how Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College's contributions to wireless innovation, guided lab tours, and exhibits.

In order to register and learn more about the event, you can do so here.

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