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Award winning US film director Alexandra Dean has sent a personal video message of congratulations to an East Devon schoolgirl for her prize-winning essay that will link Exeter with the Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr - one of the 20th century’s most important female inventors and the subject of Alexandra’s recent movie “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”.


See the video message from Alexandra here:


Thanks to nine-year-old Amalie Hill, a pupil at Cranbrook Education Campus, a new building at Exeter Science Park will be named Lamarr after the glamorous actress whose discovery is the very foundation of today’s WiFi and GPS technology. 


Amalie and her classmates from year four had responded to an invitation from Exeter Science Park to name three new buildings after history’s most inspirational scientists. When director Alexandra Dean discovered that there was to be a Lamarr building in Exeter, she recorded this video message:


“Hi Amalie Hill! I’m so impressed with your essay about Hedy Lamarr. I’m the Director of Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr story and we think it’s fabulous that you named a building after Hedy Lamarr. We are really proud of your essay and proud of a film that gets Hedy’s name out there.


“Congratulations to you and to everyone in Cranbrook that this building exists and it pays tribute to such an important female inventor.”


Dr Sally Basker CEO of Exeter Science Park had invited students from five local schools to name the new buildings on the Science Park campus. She said: “We felt that the naming of the buildings should fall to the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians and I was so impressed with all the students’ entries.


“Hedy Lamarr is one of the most inspirational women in recent history; best known as an actress in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s but she was also an inventor who developed a frequency hopping communication system that is used today in wireless telephones, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and most military communication systems.


“Alexandra’s film is a great tribute to Hedy and we are so proud, not only to have this message from an American film director but also to immortalise Hedy Lamarr’s name in one of our fabulous new buildings, thanks to Amalie and her classmates.”   


Bombshell is a 2017 American biographical documentary film directed, written and co-edited by Alexandra Dean, about the life of the actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and was released theatrically on November 24, 2017.


The film has won several awards since being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a New York Times Critic's Pick and five audience awards. It has been named "one of the ten best films of the year" by Artforum.


Two other new buildings at Exeter Science Park, built by Kier Construction, have been named after Alan Turing, the “father of computer science” and creator of the World War 2 code breaking Enigma machine, and Sir Isaac Newton, the renowned mathematician, astronomer and physicist.


Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) said: “I am very pleased to see such progress on the new Grow-On buildings at Exeter Science Park, which the LEP helped to fund with a grant of £4.5m from our Growth Deal funding with Government.


“The Science Park is part of the Heart of the South West’s multi-site enterprise zones, offering reduced businesses rates and simplified planning, and this new facility provides further space for innovative businesses to grow.”


The buildings are the first phase of a wider strategy for the Science Park which sets out a target for over 3,000 people employed in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) businesses on the site by 2034.


Built by Kier Construction, the two-storey buildings have been designed by LHC Architecture + Urbanism, working for NPS South West Property Consultants. The Exeter Science Park ‘grow-on buildings’ are partly funded by £4.5m from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal Funding.


The buildings are also partly funded by Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, Homes and Communities Agency, and the University of Exeter.


For more information about the Exeter Science Park and its available office space visit, call 01392 247047, or follow the Exeter Science Park on Twitter @ExeterSciencePk or LinkedIn for updates.

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