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Jozef Murgaš was a Slovak inventor, painter, and priest who contributed towards the development of wireless communications

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BirthdayFebruary 17, 1864
Died onMay 11, 1929
NationalitySlovak
FamousInventors, Artists, Inventors & Discoverers, Priests
Known asJozef Murgas
Discoveries / Inventions
  • Wireless Telegraphy
Birth PlaceTajov
ReligionCatholicism
GenderMale
Sun SignAquarius
Born inTajov
Famous asInventor
Died at Age65

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Who is Jozef Murgaš?

Jozef Murgaš was a Slovak inventor, painter and priest who contributed greatly towards the development of wireless communications. From a young age he was bright and clever, and showed interest in painting and science. After completing his graduation, he was unable to study further because of financial difficulties and decided to become a priest. But when his painting talent was spotted by a Slovak painter, he was admitted to an arts school and went on to become an accomplished painter. He used to paint sacral pieces, Slovak landscapes and Slovak personalities. Later, he traveled to the United States and set up a workshop which helped him to perform experiments on wireless technology. After tireless research and intense work, he had a breakthrough and came up with a new method of wireless transmission. He developed a musical tone system that enabled faster recognition of Morse code signals and also achieved radio transmission over a considerable distance. In 1917, when America entered the First World War, all the private radio-telegraphic stations were banned. Thereafter, he worked towards creation of a common state of Czechs and Slovaks in Czechoslovakia. After his health deteriorated, he gave away his entire life’s research and patent rights to Marconi, as he did not want his work to be lost after him. He was a generous man whose contributions towards creating a better society are deemed priceless

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Childhood & Early Life

Jozef Murgaš was born on February 17, 1864, in Tajov, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire (present day Slovakia), to Ján Murgaš, and his wife, Zuzana.

From an early age, he displayed talent in painting and science. He was enrolled at a grammar school in Tajov and later went on to complete his high school in Banská Bystrica.

Jozef’s parents were unable to lend him financial support for further studies, as a result, he decided to become a priest. From 1880 to 1882, he studied theology in Prešporok, then continued in Esztergom from 1882 to 1884, and finally graduated in Banska Bystrica in 1888.

After getting ordained in 1888, he worked as a curate for some time and was soon approached by Dominik Skutecký, a Slovak painter who noticed his artistic talent.

On Skutecký's initiative, he was admitted to Provincial School of Visual Arts, a painting school in Budapest, where he studied between 1889 and1890. Thereafter, he went to study painting in Munich, from 1890 to 1893.

Career

In 1896, after facing allegations of Pan-Slavism, Jozef Murgaš moved to America and settled among fellow countrymen in the small mining village of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he remained until his death.

With no scope for a painting career, he focused on natural sciences again, particularly electrotechnology. He established a laboratory in Wilkes-Barre, where he primarily investigated radiotelegraphy.

In May 1904, he received the rights for two key patents by the Patent Office in Washington; the ‘Wireless-Telegraph Apparatus’ and ‘Method of Communicating Intelligence by Wireless Telegraphy’.

In 1904, he invented the ‘Musical Tone System’ of wireless telegraphy, enabling faster transmission of Morse code.

In November 1905, he made radio transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, located 20 miles away, generating transmission of 50 words-per-minute (WPM) while Marconi's system could only generate 15 WPM.

He went to add several more patents to his name between 1907 and 1916. Some of them were: ‘Wave Meter’, ‘Electric Transformers’, ‘Apparatus for making electromagnetic waves’ (1908), ‘Wireless telegraphy’, ‘Magnetic waves detector’, and ‘Spinning reel for fishing rod’.

When the United States entered World War I, private radiotelegraphy stations were banned, which brought about an end to his pioneer work in this field.

After the creation of Czechoslovakia, he returned to Slovakia in 1920 where he started teaching electrotechnology at a high school. But, after differences with the Ministry of Education in Prague he returned to Wilkes-Barre four months later.

Later, when Marconi visited Jozef Murgaš on the advice of Thomas Edison, Jozef’s health was failing him. In addition to it, he lacked funding and did not want all his research to be lost after his death. Therefore, he gave Marconi his patents and his life’s work which played a significant role in the future invention of radio.

Major Works

In 1905, he achieved radio transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, situated 20 miles away.

While residing in Wilkes-Barre, he took care of Slovak immigrants, and helped in the construction of a new church, library, cemetery, several schools, gymnasium and playgrounds. He also co-founded the Saints Cyril and Methodius community and the Slovak Catholic Federation.

He was actively involved in the Slovak expatriates’ movement and supported the creation of the state of Czechoslovakia. He was also a signatory of the Pittsburgh Agreement between Czechs and Slovaks.

Personal Life & Legacy

Jozef Murgaš died of a heart attack on May 11, 1929, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. He was buried at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Named after him, the ‘Jozef Murgaš Award’ is awarded annually by the ‘Slovak Electrotechnical Society and Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications of the Slovak Republic’ to support the development of telecommunications in Slovakia.

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Jozef Murgaš biography timelines

  • // 17th Feb 1864
    Jozef Murgaš was born on February 17, 1864, in Tajov, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire (present day Slovakia), to Ján Murgaš, and his wife, Zuzana.
  • // 1880 To 1888
    Jozef’s parents were unable to lend him financial support for further studies, as a result, he decided to become a priest. From 1880 to 1882, he studied theology in Prešporok, then continued in Esztergom from 1882 to 1884, and finally graduated in Banska Bystrica in 1888.
  • // 1888
    After getting ordained in 1888, he worked as a curate for some time and was soon approached by Dominik Skutecký, a Slovak painter who noticed his artistic talent.
  • // 1889 To 1893
    On Skutecký's initiative, he was admitted to Provincial School of Visual Arts, a painting school in Budapest, where he studied between 1889 and1890. Thereafter, he went to study painting in Munich, from 1890 to 1893.
  • // 1896
    In 1896, after facing allegations of Pan-Slavism, Jozef Murgaš moved to America and settled among fellow countrymen in the small mining village of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he remained until his death.
  • // 1904
    In 1904, he invented the ‘Musical Tone System’ of wireless telegraphy, enabling faster transmission of Morse code.
  • // May 1904
    In May 1904, he received the rights for two key patents by the Patent Office in Washington; the ‘Wireless-Telegraph Apparatus’ and ‘Method of Communicating Intelligence by Wireless Telegraphy’.
  • // 1905
    In 1905, he achieved radio transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, situated 20 miles away.
  • // Nov 1905
    In November 1905, he made radio transmission between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, located 20 miles away, generating transmission of 50 words-per-minute (WPM) while Marconi's system could only generate 15 WPM.
  • // 1907 To 1916
    He went to add several more patents to his name between 1907 and 1916. Some of them were: ‘Wave Meter’, ‘Electric Transformers’, ‘Apparatus for making electromagnetic waves’ (1908), ‘Wireless telegraphy’, ‘Magnetic waves detector’, and ‘Spinning reel for fishing rod’.
  • // 1920
    After the creation of Czechoslovakia, he returned to Slovakia in 1920 where he started teaching electrotechnology at a high school. But, after differences with the Ministry of Education in Prague he returned to Wilkes-Barre four months later.
  • // 11th May 1929
    Jozef Murgaš died of a heart attack on May 11, 1929, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. He was buried at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA.

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  • What is Jozef Murgaš birthday?

    Jozef Murgaš was born at 1864-02-17

  • When was Jozef Murgaš died?

    Jozef Murgaš was died at 1929-05-11

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    Jozef Murgaš was died at age 65

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    Jozef Murgaš was born in Tajov

  • What is Jozef Murgaš nationalities?

    Jozef Murgaš's nationalities is Slovak

  • What is Jozef Murgaš's inventions/discoveries?

    Wireless Telegraphy was invented (or discovered) by Jozef Murgaš

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    Jozef Murgaš's religion is Catholicism

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    Jozef Murgaš is Aquarius

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