Jozef Murgaš (1864 – 1929) – a Slovak
inventor, architect, botanist, painter, and Roman Catholic priest. He
contributed to wireless
telegraphy and helped to develop mobile communication and wireless
transmission of information and human voice.
He studied theology in Bratislava and Banská
Bystrica then he was accepted at a painting school in Budapest. He also studied
painting in Munich while working as a curate. We can find his works in Lopej - a
large sacral picture of St. George, the central altar painting of St.
Elisabeth, in the 14th century Church of St. Elizabeth in the main square of
Banská Bystrica. From 1896 he had to immigrate to the USA where he started to
deal with electro technology and took care of Slovak immigrants. Murgaš there continued
with study physics and did many experiments. He financed his activities by
selling his paintings. He was nominated as a member of the Federal Radio
Commission of the United States in 1925.