William Eccles, English pioneer of wireles telegraphy, early 20th century.
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Photograph. After graduating from the Royal College of Science in 1898 William Eccles (1875-1966) became an asistant of Italian radio entrepreneur Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937). In 1919 Eccles became vice-chairman of the Imperial Wireles Committee and helped design the first long-wave radio station. Following the instigation of public broadcasting Eccles also became involved in the work of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). He was also President of the Physical Society from 1928 to 1930.