Talk:Guglielmo Marconi

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Scots connection?[edit]

Why is Marconi's mother, Annie Jameson, referred to as "Irish/Scots"? The product of the family business, Jameson's, is an Irish whiskey – so where is the Scots connection? Or is this an incorrect way of saying "Irish Protestant" (as an American might refer to someone as "Ulster Scots")? Deipnosophista (talk) 16:09, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

It should come from published sources, and it seems that way[1].Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 20:12, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

Trivia event horizon[edit]

The Places and organizations named after Marconi section has really reached a trivia event horizon. Its just one OR addition after another with no reference as to whether this list of every apartment block and back alley in the world named after Guglielmo Marconi has any encyclopedic relevance. I have trimmed the list back to items with articles (basic notability). Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 01:20, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

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Transatlantic contradiction?[edit]

I'm looking at this diff. I don't think this shows a contradiction:

On 17 December 1902, a transmission from the Marconi station in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada became the world's first radio message to cross the Atlantic from North America. In 1901, Marconi built a station near South Wellfleet, Massachusetts that sent a message of greetings on 18 January 1903 from United States President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom marking the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

Dilidor has hidden the text I've highlighted in olive, and added the note "the following clause has been hidden b/c it contradicts the previous sentence".

Where is the contradiction? We have the first transatlantic transmission from Canada in 1902 and the first transatlantic transmission from the United States in 1903.

While I disagree on whether there is a contradiction. I do agree that this text could be improved. Maybe "the first transatlantic transmission from the United States" isn't a particularly interesting record, given that Canada got there first, the year before. Perhaps the hidden text should just be removed anyway, just for not being worth mentioning.

Anyone got an opinion on this?

Yaris678 (talk) 13:27, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Doh! Thanks for clarifying. I missed the subtle distinction twixt Canada and US soil. However, as Yaris678 suggests, I don't think the clause adds anything; it's more significant, in my opinion, that the President was talking to the King. I would concur with Yaris and suggest deleting.
Dilidor (talk) 14:34, 6 May 2016 (UTC)
OK. I've deleted the text for now. Yaris678 (talk) 17:20, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Marconi at Salvan[edit]

In 2003, the IEEE awarded Marconi's work at Salvan an IEEE Milestone - it has now come to light that Marconi was never at Salvan and the Milestone was awarded in error. The IEEE has changed the text of the Milestone to most accurately reflect what occurred at Salvan. Unfortunately, this error has propagated itself through several areas of Wikipedia, in addition to the List of IEEE Milestones page, there is this page, and the page for Salvan on French Wikipedia, Salvan on German Wikipedia, Marconi's bio page on French Wikipedia, and Marconi's bio page on German Wikipedia. Maybe this isn't the right way to ask, but would be the best way to systematically correct all these errors, as well as any other references that may have creeped into the encyclopedia across different projects? I've only looked at references on English, German, French and Italian wikipedias, as those are the primary ones that seem to be affected by this, but translations of those articles could have made their way elsewhere. Is there a cross-project search feature or notification system? At the least, I wanted to raise the issue here before removing the reference to Salvan in this particular article, any assistance on where I can go to make the process a little more smooth and automated for the others would be most appreciated. PearlSt82 (talk) 17:49, 20 June 2016 (UTC)