Antheil, George

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Antheil, George Gender: M
George Johann Carl Antheil
born on 8 July 1900 at 06:25 (= 06:25 AM )
Place Trenton, New Jersey, 40n13, 74w45
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 15°48' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°52 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 06°38'

Portrait of George Antheil 
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George Antheil (1922)
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American composer who shocked audiences in the 1920s with his use of jazz rhythms and mechanical devices in symphonic music. He began study of piano at age six. During a tour in Berlin, 1922, he introduced his composition, "First Symphony." He lived in Paris until 1933 when he moved to the U.S. to compose for films, while still continuing his work for the concert halls.

In 1941, Antheil and the actress Hedy Lamarr developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes that used a code (stored on a punched paper tape) to synchronise random frequencies, referred to as frequency hopping, between a receiver and transmitter. It is one of the techniques now known as spread spectrum, widely used in telecommunications. This work led to their being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Antheil died from a heart attack on 12 February 1959 in New York aged 58.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Lamarr, Hedy (born 9 November 1914). Notes: Co-inventors
  • (has as) teacher relationship with Bloch, Ernest (born 24 July 1880)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1922 (Introduced "First Symphony")
  • Family : Change residence 1933 (Moved to the U.S.)

Source Notes

Rudhyar quotes him.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. and France)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano since age six)
  • Vocation : Science : Physics (Inventor)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection