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April 3, 2021, is the 48th anniversary of the first cell phone call made in public. That call was made on 6th Avenue at 52nd in New York City by the "father of the cell phone," Martin Cooper. In 2007, TIME magazine named him one of the "100 Best Inventors in History" because he has revolutionized how we communicate.
Martin Cooper is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist. He led the creation of the world's first cell phone at Motorola. Over nearly three decades at Motorola, Cooper contributed to the development of pagers, two-way radio dispatch systems, quartz, and crystal manufacture.
As a serial entrepreneur, Martin and his wife, Arlene Harris, have cofounded numerous wireless technology companies; Cellular Business Systems, SOS Wireless Communications, GreatCall, and ArrayComm. Martin is currently chairman of Dyna LLC and a member of the FCC's Technological Advisory Council. He was the first to observe the Law of Spectrum Capacity, known as Cooper's Law.
In 2013, Martin became a member of the National Academy of Engineering, from whom he received the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering. Martin was awarded the Marconi Prize "for being a wireless visionary who reshaped the concept of mobile communication." He was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and Wireless History Foundation's Wireless Hall of Fame. The Radio Club of America awarded Martin a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He is a lifetime member of the IEEE, was president of its Vehicular Technology Society, and received its Centennial Medal. Martin is also a Prince of Asturias Laureate.
Join Martin Cooper and me on Tuesday, March 30, 10 - 11 A.M. CT US. We will be having a conversation about his remarkable life's journey and his new book, Cutting The Cord - The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity!