|Marty (Aka Martin) Cooper for mobile phones|
It’s a common knowledge that Alexander Graham Bell invented telephone, but ever wondered who invented the mobile phone without which most of us can’t imagine our lives today.
It is Marty Cooper (born December 26, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois). In 1973, while working at Motorola, lead engineer Marty Cooper introduced the world to mobile phone. Cooper is said to have made the world’s first-ever mobile phone call on April 3, 1973 to a rival engineer at AT&T’s Bell Labs. In October of the same year, Cooper filed a patent for the “Radio telephone system.” The original Motorola DynaTAC handset, weighed 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds!! my laptop weighs about that much) and had 35 minutes of talk time. By 1983 and after four iterations, Cooper’s team had reduced the handset’s weight by half. The list price was around $4,000. Cooper left Motorola before they started selling handheld mobile phones to consumers.
Currently, Cooper is CEO and founder of ArrayComm, a company that works on researching smart antenna technology and improving wireless networks. Popular Star Trek’s Captain Kirk’s communicator device is said to be Cooper’s inspiration.