A most amazing woman

One of the most amazing interviews I’ve ever heard on the Howard Stern show yesterday: Martine Rothblatt invented Sirius.

I suspect she was there, in part, to back the case for a Sirius-XM merger, explaining that it was the government that split the frequencies for satellite broadcast in two to put two companies in business, but this also hampered the technology. Joining the frequencies back together, she said, would enable the company to smoothly stream video from space.

But Rothblatt’s own story was more amazing than her invention. She created more satellite companies: the first vehicle tracking system (Geostar), the first broadcast satellite system (PanAmSat), the first satellite radio (Sirius). She is an attorney, inventor, and engineer.

She was a he. Rothblatt changed genders about 12 years ago. She is still married to her wife; they have grown children.

But here’s what’s most amazing: He started a biotech company to find a cure for a potentially fatal lung condition his younger daughter suffered — and he found it. Now she’s working on nanobots that will be injected into the body to fix hearts or kill tumors, controlled by radio signals from outside. He sees this as the full extension of his satellite work.

It was a mesmerizing interview.

  • Greg0658

    Thanks for the Wiki link and it sub link to Transhumanism.

    I love this machine.

  • jeff, this one deserves a photo – and not just any photo, how about one with president clinton and martine with her book mapping out a middle east peace plan. some people are just simply brilliant.


  • JF

    I thought the late Rene Anselmo, not Rothblatt, founded PanAmSat (which, one can quibble, was not the first broadcast satellite system but the first to successfully take on Intelsat.)

    Plus, I thought Sirius was planning to do video streaming long before the merger and any hopes of frequency consolidation; isn’t that why they ordered the FM5 satellite last year?

  • Tom Mortlake

    Check out Dr Rothblatt and the forthcoming film TransBeMan!

  • stephen ashford

    I saw this interview on Howard on Demand. It was AMAZING, almost too fantasitcal to be believed. You didnt mention that Martine is white and her wife (i believe they have been married over 25 years) is black. I only draw attention to that issue because I think it further exemplifies the point that she is someone who did not let society dictate her thoughts, beliefs, and actions. And because of this, she has saved thousands of lives with her biotech company, as well as put some of the Freedom back into Free Speech with Sirius radio. People like her give hope and encouragement to those who follow their hearts and who work for what IS POSSIBLE instead of working to deny others rights and the ability to contribute to the world as fully realized people.