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Fr Jozef Murgas
Birth: Feb. 17, 1864, Slovakia
Death: May 11, 1929
Wilkes-Barre
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA

Inventor, artist, Slovak patriot and botanist. In 1904, he invented the "Musical Tone System" of wireless telegraphy, enabling faster transmission of Morse code. Murgas' invention was able to transmit two or more sounds 70 miles over land and 700 miles over water, whereas Marconi's invention could only transmit a single sound a short distance over water. On November 23, 1905, he made radio transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton PA, a distance of 20 miles, generating 50 WPM while Marconi's system could only generate 15 WPM. He was hired by the US Navy to improve wireless telegraphy. Marconi visited Murgaš on the advice of Thomas Edison, his last visit being in 1917, when, in failing health, he gave Marconi his patents and all the information he needed. Murgas lacked funding and did not want his patents "to be lost to the human race." Among his inventions was the spinning reel for the fishing rod. He died after a fishing trip. (bio by: Joan Cavanaugh) 
 
Inscription:
"Here sleeps with Christ Rev Jozef Murgas born in Tajove Zvolenskej župe in Slovakia February 9, 1864. Ordained a priest in Banskej Bystrici year 1888. Died in Wilkes-Barre PA May 11, 1929."
 
Burial:
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Dallas
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.33286, -75.95224
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joan Cavanaugh
Record added: Dec 19, 2012
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Fr Jozef Murgas
Added by: Joan Cavanaugh
 
Fr Jozef Murgas
Added by: Joan Cavanaugh
 
Fr Jozef Murgas
Added by: Joan Cavanaugh
 
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