Re: A great read
I am just reading Erik Larson's "Thunderstruck", a crime novel with bits of historic facts, and one important part is about Marconi's "invention".
I'm using quotes because I didn't know how little he knew about physics (and next to nothing about maths), his success was mostly due to very good instincts, hard work, perseverance, and luck.
And connections : I also didn't know his mum was a Jameson (whiskey), which explains why he came to London instead of a civilized place like, say, Paris, and was quickly introduced to the right people, like W. Preece
The CTO has obviously an important part in the story.
I'm finishing the part where he and Preece fall out, because of, you know, Big Money. Quite sad, as Preece appears to have been the prototype of the Honest Engineer, more interested in finding Useful Stuff and bringing progress to humanity- or at least to the UK telecoms.
There is also an interesting bit about the clash between the "experimenters" like Marconi and Preece and the "theorists" or "Maxwellians" such as Lodge.
All in all a funny read even if Larson digresses quite a lot, by his own admission.
Hertz, Faraday, Marconi, Branly,... Great times.