‘Loomis day’ is observed annually on the 30th of May in honor of Mahlon Loomis, who received the patent for ‘wireless telegraphy’ in 1872, which he had demonstrated successfully, and proved the first wireless aerial communication.
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Why Loomis Day?
The world has been evolving into a wireless era since the 1990s and to this day. It has completely changed our way of living. And so, to honor Mahlon Loomis as one of the pioneers of wireless transmission, this day is observed. Mahlon Loomis, a dentist by profession from Washington D.C, received a US patent numbered 129,971, which was titled “An Improvement in Telegraphing” on wireless telegraphy in July in 1872. He was the man responsible for changing the world’s way in terms of the wireless telegraph.
Loomis had ideated the earth’s atmospheric potential and believed that the concentric layers in the atmosphere would generate wireless connections. He experimented with this idea using two kites tied to copper wires and flew them miles apart at the same altitude, on top of a mountain. He had attached the wires of the kites to a galvanometer and found that moving one of the kites resulted in the movement of the other. He had proved his idea successful in transferring of signal through this experiment. He then received a patent titled ‘An improvement in telegraphing’ on wireless telegraphy.
Therefore, his discovery based on this experiment is significant in the world. We should be grateful to all the pioneers of wireless transmission for their contribution that has grown into the present digital age. And all the facilities that we have at the back of our hands like – Wi-Fi, Television, Phone, etc., we owe it all to the initial idea of Loomis. Therefore, considering all these reasons, it is only a good idea to be celebrating ‘Loomis day.’ Cheers to the person who first gave a thought and envisioned the potential of the atmospheric capabilities of the earth.
The radio, TV, the internet, and numerous other technologies result from these findings. Thanks to the evolution of wireless telegraphy, the world’s way has become so much convenient and effortless.
Loomis is greatly responsible for all these, and his contributions are of utmost importance.
How Can We Observe Loomis Day?
We can always spread awareness about this day through the following ideas-
- Read up on Mahlon Loomis.
Mahlon Loomis was also a dentist by profession, which is even more interesting. So, reading up on Loomis is a great way to celebrate this day. Read up on how Loomis, being a dentist, contributed to wireless telegraphy.
- Enlighten anyone, your friends/family, about Loomis.
Tell your people that ‘Loomis’ is one of the reasons for the Radio we are listening to, the TV we are watching, and the Internet. It is always handy to pick up knowledge.
- Fly kites.
Since kites were used in Loomis’s experiment, go outdoors and fly a kite signifying his contribution and post a picture on your social media handle using the #flykiteloomisday #loomisday
- Spread the word on your social media.
Share your knowledge about the day and celebrate on your social media handles using the #Loomisday.
Interesting Facts About Loomis Day:
Let’s just dive into the interesting facts about Loomis Day
- Loomis, after his experiment, was actually not able to explain how he produced the transmission.
- Loomis was also a dentist by profession and had invented artificial teeth using porcelain.
- In July of 1872, he received the US patent number 129,971 titled ‘An Improvement in Telegraphing’ on wireless telegraphy.
- Loomis’s experiments using the kites led to the discovery of Radio signals making him one of the pioneers of Radio.
- Loomis was the first to successfully demonstrate the system of wireless aerial communication.
History of Loomis Day:
The history of Loomis day is actually the history of Mahlon Loomis himself, who had a vast knowledge about the working of the electrical properties of the atmosphere. He is said to be the first person ever to have recognized this potential of the atmosphere of the earth and experiment with it.
The day was founded by Richard Birch of Puns Corp, but the year as to when the day was founded remains unknown. On the 30th of May every year, it is celebrated every year, celebrating the man who received the patent for wireless telegraphy.