Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Canada Post Communication Technology - Sir Stanford Fleming and Guglielmo Marconi

Canada Post on 31 October 2002 issued a dual stamp set honouring Communication Technology pioneers Sir Sanford Fleming (The Pacific Cable) and Guglielmo Marconi (Wireless Telegraphy). Five million of these se-tenants were printed. The printer was Lowe-Martin Company Inc.

Sir Sandford Fleming FRSC KCMG (1827 –1915) was a Scottish Canadian engineer and inventor. Born and raised in Scotland, he emigrated to colonial Canada at the age of 18. He promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and use of the 24-hour clock as key elements to communicating the accurate time, all of which influenced the creation of Coordinated Universal Time. He designed Canada's first postage stamp, produced a great deal of work in the fields of land surveying and map making, engineered much of the Intercolonial Railway and the first several hundred kilometers of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada and founder of the Canadian Institute (a science organisation in Toronto).

Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi FRSA (1874 –1937) was an Italian (and Irish on maternal side) inventor and electrical engineer, known for his creation of a practical radio wave-based wireless telegraph system. This led to Marconi being credited as the inventor of radio,  and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy"

Source: Wikipedia and Canada Post

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