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1924: William Friedman receives first of 30 patents....

Monday, July 29, 2019
1924: William Friedman receives first of 30 patents....

On 29 July 1924, William Friedman received a patent for a device to transmit telegraphic messages quickly, the first of his eventual 30 patents.

William Friedman, cryptologic pioneer, received a patent in 1924 for an “Apparatus for and Method of Rapid Transmission of Telegraphic Messages.” This invention improved the method of sending and receiving wireless communications “to simplify the work and increase the speed of such transmission of messages.” This was just the first of many inventions in which Friedman was involved. Some of his cryptologic inventions were so secret he couldn’t even apply for a patent. The classified nature of several others meant that he was not able to use his ideas for commercial design (or gain.) In 1956, the U.S. Congress awarded Mr. Friedman $100,000 as compensation.

Visit the NSA's Friedman Collection online via the link below.

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On This Day In History


  • Maj. Albert J. Myer, founder of the "wig-wag," or aerial telegraphy, flag signaling system, was appointed first chief of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Myer's flag "wig-wag" code was first used in the first Battle of Bull Run or Battle of First Manassas. The code was used extensively by both the Union and Confederate armies throughout the war.

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.