E-mail to Amy Jones of The Sun (June 13, 2014): An Englishman Invented the Wireless


I am enjoying The Sun's free historic edition for 22 million homes "THIS IS OUR ENGLAND".

May I please bring your attention to the list of 'What are the greatest English inventions?'.

There is a glaring omission, Sir Oliver Lodge, who was born in Stoke on Trent. He invented the wireless in 1894.

There is a plaque at the Museum Lecture Theatre at Oxford University on the very spot where Sir Oliver sent the first ever radio signal.

This brilliant scientist is not being given the credit he deserves in England where the Church and the state are still established. This is because he dared to link the study of life after death with natural and normal forces in the universe. He linked it with subatomic physics - forces that are normally out of range of our five physical senses. This culminated in the publishing of his paper 'The Mode of Future Existence' in 1933.

Michael Roll

Sir Oliver Lodge
Sir Oliver Lodge, FRS (June 12, 1851 – August 22, 1940) was a British physicist involved in the development of key patents in wireless telegraphy. He began to study psychic phenomena in the late 1880s. He was a member of The Ghost Club, and president of the Society for Psychical Research from 1901 to 1903. Lodge's book Raymond or Life and Death (1916) documented the communication between him and his wife and their son Raymond through the medium Gladys Osborne Leonard. Raymond was killed in World War I.