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Cortina Remembers Marconi

August 8th and 14th, 2009
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Belluno)

CORTINA REMEMBERS MARCONI

Cortina has remembered Guglielmo Marconi 100 years after the Nobel Prize for Physics.

 

Saturday, August 8th
At "La Conchiglia", Piazza Venezia

Genius and moderation: the education of an inventor and entrepreneur, by Barbara Valotti

 

Friday, August 14th
Congress Centre "Alexander Girardi Hall", via Marangoni 1

Wireless, enterprise and innovation: Guglielmo Marconi scientific legacy, by Gabriele Falciasecca

special guest: Elettra Marconi Giovanelli

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Under the Movie Stars

July 17th-22th, 2009
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

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UNDER THE MOVIE STARS

This year the famous outdoor movie show has offered among other sections a “Tribute to Marconi”, five events dedicated to the Bolognese inventor and to distance communications, organised by Bologna's Film Library in cooperation with the Marconi Foundation and sponsored by Emilia Romagna Regional Dept. for Culture.

Friday, July 17th
“Guglielmo Marconi from Villa Griffone to the Nobel Prize” - conference by Barbara Valotti.
Extracts of Orson Welles’ radio programme The War of the Worlds (October 30th, 1938) - presented by Cecilia Cenciarelli.
CITIZEN KANE
(Usa 1941) by Orson Welles (119') 
English with subtitles 
in cooperation with the Marconi Airport

Saturday, July 18th
ECCO LA RADIO! 
(Italy 1940) by Giacomo Gentilomo (32')
Copy from Bologna’s Film Library
LAVORARE CON LENTEZZA 
(Italy 2004) by Guido Chiesa (111') 

Sunday, July 19th
"A dream by a special student. Guglielmo Marconi’s education" - conference by Gabriele Falciasecca.
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
(Usa 1982) by Steven Spielberg (115')  

Tuesday, July 21st
"Marconi's legacy" - conference by Gabriele Falciasecca.
THE CONVERSATION 
(Usa 1974) by Francis Ford Coppola (113')
English with subtitles - Copy from BFI-National Archive

Wednesday, July 22th
RADIO DAYS 
(Usa 1987) by Woody Allen (88')
Copy from Bologna’s Film Library
At the end Francesco Vairano, dubbing director, has remembered Oreste Lionello, Woody Allen's voice in Italy.

 

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PRIME 2009

July 15th, 2009
University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland

PRIME 2009 - 5th international conference on Ph.D. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics (July 12th-17th)

GUGLIELMO MARCONI, ENTREPRENEUR, NOBEL PRIZE FOR PHYSICS 1909

organised by
Michael Peter Kennedy (Department of Microelectronic Engineering, University College, Cork) and Barbara Valotti (Marconi Museum - Marconi Foundation)

A special session on Marconi was dedicated to the career of the young Bolognese scientist, with a particular focus on Marconi’s relationship with his Irish mother Annie, who encouraged and supported him since the very beginning, and on Marconi’s entrepreneurial activities, whose foundations were lain in the United Kingdom, especially in London, and later on spread throughout the world. Marconi’s international vocation is highly proved by the Nobel Prize he won at only 35 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Fly Meeting

July 10th-12th, 2009
Villa San Martino Airport, Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna)

OPEN FLY - "UNDER THE WINGS OF SOLIDARITY" MEETING

organised by the Air Club Francesco Baracca – National Helicopter School Guido Baracca, Lugo di Romagna

The event was joined by the Army with its Brigata Aeromobile Friuli, the helicopters of the Carabinieri militia of Forlì and of the 118 service as well as representatives from the National Armed Forces, the Civil Defence and other civil bodies, together with various associations of the Arma (National Carabinieri militia) and the “Cavallino”(Lugo local association), volunteers and many other groups.

It was also a fitting occasion to celebrate the centenary of the Nobel Prize to the Bolognese scientist Marconi and the International Year of Astronomy.
The Guglielmo Marconi Foundation organised a stand exhibiting antique radio equipments and other documents of Marconi’s time.

Barbara Valotti, who coordinates the activities of the Foundation, and Nerio Neri, A.I.R.E. president (Italian Association of Antique Radios) gave two conferences on Marconi and his discoveries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trambus Open

June 23rd-July 30th, 2009
Bologna

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TRAMBUS OPEN

Every week special sightseeing tours in memory of the great Bolognese scientist to celebrate the Nobel Prize centenary.
Evocative tours in the city of Guglielmo Marconi on the open-top buses of Trambus Open.
Afterwards, visit to the Torre dei Prendiparte (the Tower of the Prendiparte family) and final toast on the enchanting set of its terrace with the participation of special guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marconi and the Radio

June 13th-28th, 2009
Villa Nobel, Sanremo (Imperia)

 
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MARCONI AND THE RADIO

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Friday, June 19th
At the Opera Theatre of Sanremo Casino

MARCONI AND THE RADIO: STORY AND DISCOVERIES OF A GREAT ITALIAN NOBEL PRIZE-WINNER
round table conference
 
with
Joseph H. Taylor Jr.
Piergiorgio Odifreddi
Gabriele Falciasecca
Renzo Arbore

special guest:
Elettra Marconi Giovanelli

chairman:
Roberto Giacobbo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Meucci to Marconi

June 7th, 13th, 14th, 2009
Borgo Malanotte
Tezze di Piave - Vazzola (Treviso)
during the traditional festivities "Cose dei tempi antichi" (Things of ancient times)

FROM MEUCCI TO MARCONI

An event in which telephone and radio shine have shown themselves in a superlative way. In our era where we feel close even if separated by thousands of kilometres and, at the same time, are immersed in a world made of mobile phones, radio stations and research on electromagnetic waves, it is interesting to look back in time – even for just a moment – and rediscover that two Italian geniuses, Antonio Meucci and Guglielmo Marconi, have been the fathers of modern communications.

Their stories, their inventions and the evolution of their discoveries have been put on display for the public at Borgo Malanotte during these festivities, precisely in the year in which we have celebrated the centenary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Guglielmo Marconi. The event has helped us remind that our future is profoundly linked to our past. Thus it is not by chance that telephone and radio have been brought together in order to be rediscovered and to remember their origins, which date back to the second half of the Nineteenth century.

 It was at that time that Antonio Meucci conceived the telephone, as was officially recognized, even if 150 years later, by the American Supreme Court. Some years down the line it was Guglielmo Marconi who gave life to the radio and pioneered in wireless communications.
 What has been proposed by "Cose dei tempi antichi" is thus a leap in the past that spurs us to go forward, and savor with trust what the communication world is holding for us.

Curated by the 
Radiantistica Trevigiana Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italian Republic Day

June 2th, 2009
Swiss Museum of Sound and Image, Montreux

The celebrations for the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize centenary took place on the occasion of the Republic Day reception offered by the Italian Consul General for the Cantons of Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud.

The celebrations were attended by Consul Adolfo Barattolo, the President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, the Mayor of Montreaux, the Director of the Swiss Museum of Sound and Image and Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter.

On the occasion, soprano Véronique Mercier sang both Italian and Swiss national anthems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tesla and Marconi

June 16th, 2009
Faculty of Engineering, Bologna

Isa Topic 2009

TESLA, MARCONI, AND THE RACE TO DEVELOP WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, 1890-1905

Prof. W. Bernard Carlson
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia

Carlson, great expert in History of Electricity and Technology has long been working on a biography of Tesla. In his magisterial lecture at Bologna, Carlson has told and compared the stories of both inventors, Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi, one in the United States and the other in Europe, who were the first to experiment with the hertzian waves trying to transmit at distance.

Tesla, born in 1856, had already proved in 1892/93 that electric impulses could be sent from a point to another within few metres without the support of cables. Marconi, born in 1874, had instead transmitted in 1895 a true signal, that is an impulse containing a message, over a natural obstacle. From that point their routes started to diverge year by year. Tesla planned to sprinkle wireless electric power all over the earth (through the ground in emission and through the air in remission). He retired at Colorado Springs where he tried to build a great transmitting station. Marconi worked constantly at developing his wireless communication system (through the air in emission and through the ground in remission) and experimented step by step until 1901 when he could transmit a signal across the Atlantic.

Marconi was successful, because he had clear in his mind both the goal and the means to attain it, whereas Tesla’s idea was vague and, as far as we know today, also unfeasible. Nevertheless Tesla, before Marconi, was able to send hertzian waves at distance. There is thus no doubt that Marconi was the pioneer of wireless telegraphy, while Tesla was that of wireless power connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Centenaries

May 23rd, 2009
Bologna/Rai Sport tv

The curious coincidence of THREE CENTENARIES (birth of Bologna Football Club, birth of the Giro d’Italia - the Tour of Italy bicycle race - and Nobel Prize to Guglielmo Marconi) has been commemorated during the Giro stage at Bologna.

In the morning, Francesca Menarini (President of Bologna Football Club), Angelo Zomegnan (Director of the Giro) and Stefano Alvergna, representative for the Nobel Prize Centenary Committee, have held a meeting in the beautiful setting of the Farnese Chapel. 

The union of the three centenaries has also been sealed by joining a postal cancellation.

In the afternoon, after a live special dedicated by Rai (Italian State Broadcaster) to Marconi and Villa Griffone, Francesca Menarini and Giancarlo Corazza have rewarded the stage winner with a plaque and a medal in memory of this triple centenary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Sarnoffsarnoff

Marconi was the creator of the present day civilization of the radio. All of those who, with spirit of initiative and perseverance, have brought us to the present stage of development have built on the foundations laid by Marconi. Everyone considered him the tutelary genius of their work.

 



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