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G. Marconi Society History
The Society Italiana Di Mutuo Soccorso Guglielmo Marconi was founded on December 15, 1912.  It was incorporated pursuant to the Ontario Insurance Act on August 22, 1917 as "a friendly Society transacting sick and funeral benefits," and having its head office at the City of Sault Ste Marie, in the Province of Ontario.  Since those dates the Society has evolved and expanded its objects while preserving the original objects.
Founders of the G. Marconi Society
Gim Aiello
Umberto Battistoni
Pietro Bernardi
Basillio Ciaschini
Paolo Ciaschini
Luigi D'Appolonia
Settimio Dini
Pietro Dionisio
Eugenio Gardi
Frank Gardi
Alessandro Gennari
Antonio Giuliani
Gulio Guliani
Agostino Granato
Antonio Grassi
Guglielmo Grassi
Lucillo Samuele
Antonio Luzzi
Ambrogio Mezzavilla
Sebastiano Molinari
Sam Pierini
Frank Piter
Augusto Pedinelli
Augusto Rumiti
Marcello Scravelli
Carmine Tallarico
Giovanni Vannini
Vincenzo Vincezetti
Giuseppe Zaffini
Oreste Zanni
Adam Zuccato
G. Marconi Society Presidents
Guglielmo Marconi


























In 1914 he was commissioned in the Italian Army as a Lieutenant being later promoted to Captain, and in 1916 transferred to the Navy in the rank of Commander. He was a member of the Italian Government mission to the United States in 1917 and in 1919 was appointed Italian plenipotentiary delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. He was awarded the Italian Military Medal in 1919 in recognition of his war service.

During his war service in Italy he returned to his investigation of short waves, which he had used in his first experiments. After further tests by his collaborators in England, an intensive series of trials was conducted in 1923 between experimental installations at the Poldhu Station and in Marconi's yacht "Elettra" cruising in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, and this led to the establishment of the beam system for long distance communication. Proposals to use this system as a means of Imperial communications were accepted by the British Government and the first beam station, linking England and Canada, was opened in 1926, other stations being added the following year.

In 1931 Marconi began research into the propagation characteristics of still shorter waves, resulting in the opening in 1932 of the world's first microwave radiotelephone link between the Vatican City and the Pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Two years later at Sestri Levante he demonstrated his microwave radio beacon for ship navigation and in 1935, again in Italy, gave a practical demonstration of the principles of radar, the coming of which he had first foretold in a lecture to the American Institute of Radio Engineers in New York in 1922.

He has been the recipient of honorary doctorates of several universities and many other international honours and awards, among them the Nobel Prize for Physics, which in 1909 he shared with Professor Karl Braun, the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, the John Fritz Medal and the Kelvin Medal. He was decorated by the Tsar of Russia with the Order of St. Anne, the King of Italy created him Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus, and awarded him the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy in 1902. Marconi also received the freedom of the City of Rome (1903), and was created Chevalier of the Civil Order of Savoy in 1905. Many other distinctions of this kind followed. In 1914 he was both created a Senatore in the Italian Senate and app ointed Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in England. He received the hereditary title of Marchese in 1929.

In 1905 he married the Hon. Beatrice O'Brien, daughter of the 14th Baron Inchiquin, the marriage being annulled in 1927, in which year he married the Countess Bezzi-Scali of Rome. He had one son and two daughters by his first and one daughter by his second wife. His recreations were hunting, cycling and motoring.

Marconi died in Rome on July 20, 1937.

From Nobel Lectures, Physics 1901-1921, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1967
  Biography

Guglielmo Marconi was born at Bologna, Italy, on April 25, 1874, the second son of Giuseppe Marconi, an Italian country gentleman, and Annie Jameson, daughter of Andrew Jameson of Daphne Castle in the County Wexford, Ireland. He was educated privately at Bologna, Florence and Leghorn. Even as a boy he took a keen interest in physical and electrical science and studied the works of Maxwell, Hertz, Righi, Lodge and others. In 1895 he began laboratory experiments at his father's country estate at Pontecchio where he succeeded in sending wireless signals over a distance of one and a half miles.

In 1896 Marconi took his apparatus to England where he was introduced to Mr. (later Sir) William Preece, Engineer-in-Chief of the Post Office, and later that year was granted the world's first patent for a system of wireless telegraphy. He demonstrated his system successfully in London, on Salisbury Plain and across the Bristol Channel, and in July 1897 formed The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company Limited (in 1900 re-named Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited). In the same year he gave a demonstration to the Italian Government at Spezia where wireless signals were sent over a distance of twelve miles. In 1899 he established wireless communication between France and England across the English Channel. He erected permanent wireless stations at The Needles, Isle of Wight, at Bournemouth and later at the Haven Hotel, Poole, Dorset.

In 1900 he took out his famous patent No. 7777 for "tuned or syntonic telegraphy" and, on an historic day in December 1901, determined to prove that wireless waves were not affected by the curvature of the Earth, he used his system for transmitting the first wireless signals across the Atlantic between Poldhu, Cornwall, and St. John's, Newfoundland, a distance of 2100 miles.


Antonio Luzzi - 1912
Vincenzo Vincenzetti 1916 - 1925
Angelo Braido  1926 - 1929, 1933 - 1934, 1937 - 1940
Alessandro Candelori 1930 - 1932, 1941
Fausto De Pauli 1935
Frediano Barsanti 1936, 1942 - 1943, 1953 - 1958
Frank Bargnesi  1944, 1949 - 1950
Attilio Orazietti 1951
Domenic DiBattista 1952
Arturo Perlini  1959 -1960
Gino Dovigi 1961
Demo Paci 1962 -1964
Odo Barsanti 1965 - 1969
John Ruicci  1970 1971
Amedeo DeSilvio  1972 - 1980
Francis Fata 1981 - 1987, 1988 - 1991
Vince Bernardi 1992 - 1995
Elvis Ferranti 2005 - 2007
Tony Celli 1996 - 2005,  2007 - 2013
Vince Vernelli - 2014 - 2015
 2016 - Joe Orazietti
Photo Missing:
Umberto Battistoni   1914
Samuele Lucillo1915