Oliver Joseph Lodge

Oliver Joseph Lodge

Birth
Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority, Staffordshire, England
Death 22 Aug 1940 (aged 89)
Wilsford (Salisbury), Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Burial Wilsford (Salisbury), Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Plot Close to the southeast wall.
Memorial ID 13562269 · View Source
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Scientist, Author. He is remembered as an English scientist whose experiments led to the invention of practical wireless telegraphy or the radio. He was born to a family of school masters and clergymen. His paternal grandfather had twenty-five children, of whom his father was the twenty-third. Lodge left school when he was 14 years old to work in the family's business until his father recognized his son's scientific interest and encouraged him to study science in London. He obtained a scholarship to the Royal College of Science in London, where he studied from 1872 to 1873. Starting in 1873, he studied advanced mathematics at the University of London graduating in 1875, receiving his science doctorate in 1877, and becoming a physics professor at the school the same year.. He "had his eyes opened" by a series of lectures on physics of heat. He excelled with his studies especially under Thomas H. Huxley at the Royal College of Science. In 1881 he was appointed professor of physics and mathematics at the University College at Liverpool. His discovery of the cohesion of metals under the influence of elector-magnetism earned him the Royal Society's Rumford Medal in 1898 and made wireless telegraphy practical by taking away the "disease which afflicted early transmitters" after he prescribed the remedy. Later while in Germany procuring equipment for a new laboratory , he became interested in physics phenomena, believing the mind lives on after death. He wrote 40 books on this and related subjects including "Raymond, or Life and Death" in 1916, which gained popular interest especially in the paranormal world. His son, Raymond, was killed in 1915 during World War I. In 1900 he became the first principal of Birmingham University, was knighted in 1902 by King Edward, and then retiring in 1919 to devote his time to the "ether of space", which he saw as a medium for the storage of mental energy. In 1943 he was credited posthumously with another invention when the United States Supreme Court overturned Guglielmo Marconi's patent No. 7777 stating that Lodge along with two other pioneers of the radio invention,Nikola Tesal and John Stone, had developed the radio-tuning apparatus at least two years sooner than Marconi. He gave major contribution to the development of the spark plug for automobiles and his sons manufactured them under Lodge Plugs, Ltd. Several of his siblings became outstanding in their professional fields including his brother and British historian, Sir Richard Lodge.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Joseph Lodge (12 Jun 1851–22 Aug 1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13562269, citing St. Michael's Churchyard, Wilsford (Salisbury), Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .