Whose statue is this? It commemorates Guglielmo Marconi (25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937), an Italian inventor, known for his pioneering work on long distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy". As an entrepreneur, businessman, and founder of the The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in Britain in 1897, Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists.
Other interesting facts about Marconi: - He joined Mussolini's Fascist party in 1923 and became a member of the Fascist Grand Council - Mussolini was Marconi's best man at his second wedding, after he'd annulled his first marriage - Marconi died in 1937 at age 63, following a series of heart attacks. As a tribute, all radio stations throughout the world observed two minutes of silence the next day.