Who are these People Memorialized, often but not always on Horseback, around the District? Vol. 13 – Guglielmo Marconi


Located off 16th Street on the Mt. Pleasant side in full golden glory is Guglielmo Marconi:

“Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi 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 often 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”. An entrepreneur, businessman, and founder in Britain in 1897 of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company (which became the Marconi Company), Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists.”



6 Comment

  • And he loved half naked women posing like a sprinter, pointing to the boisterous crowd.

  • “Thunderstruck,” by Erik Larson is a great biography of Marconi, who was both inventor and entrepreneur.

  • Why are there so many people that have nothing to do with DC, or the US for that matter, memorialized around the district? Just seems random ex Joan of Arc.

    • That area had a pretty big Italian Catholic community in the first half of the 20th Century, so my guess is it had something to do with that.

  • One of my favorite statues in the District. It goes really well with the Art Deco apartment building behind it.

  • Marconi often receives far too much credit, when Mahlon Loomis, a Washington, DC dentist, was most likely the first person to transmit wirelessly.

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