Fact File about the Invention of the Cell Phone: Invention: Cell Phone /
Mobile *** Date of Invention: 1973 *** Name of Inventor: Martin Cooper *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1928 - Present *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Communications and Information *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Martin Cooper and the invention ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Cell Phone? The handheld Cell Phone was invented by Martin Cooper in 1973 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions which was a highly influential addition to advancements made in the area of Communications and Information.
Fact 2: Who invented the Cell Phone? Prior to the invention of the Cell
Phone in 1973, the telephone had been invented by
Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.
Fact 3: Who invented the Cell Phone? The inventor of the Cell Phone,
Martin Cooper, was born on December 26, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, United
Fact 4: Who invented the Cell Phone? Martin Cooper was motivated to such a degree that he was destined to become well known as the American inventor of the Cell Phone.
Fact 5: Who invented the Cell Phone? The early years of Martin Cooper were spent in Chicago, Illinois, United States where he was raised by his family. Martin Cooper was educated at Illinois Institute of Technology
in 1950 and received his masters degree in 1957.
Fact 6: Who invented the Cell Phone? Following his graduation at Illinois
Institute of Technology Martin Cooper enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve
and served as a submarine officer during the Korean War (1950 - 1953).
Fact 7: Who invented the Cell Phone? His first job was working at
Teletype Corporation in Chicago, a part of American Telephone and Telegraph
Company's Western Electric manufacturing arm.
Fact 8: Who invented the Cell Phone? In 1954 Martin Cooper left Teletype
to work as a senior development engineer at Motorola, Inc., a multinational
telecommunications company, where he was employed in the mobile equipment group.
Fact 9: Who invented the Cell Phone? Martin Cooper began his work on the invention of the Cell Phone
in the 1970's as the head of Motorola's communications systems division where he
focused on cellular telephony for a personal, portable mobile phone.
Fact 10: Who invented the Cell Phone? Cellular telephony was based on the
concept of providing telephone services to phones which may move around freely
rather than stay fixed in one location. This system of telecommunication
involves a subscriber having a wireless connection from mobile phones (cell
phones) to a nearby transmitter.
Fact 11: Who invented the Cell Phone? Martin Cooper's vision of a
cellphone was to provide people with the freedom of a portable telephone that
could be used anywhere and not dependent on being at home or in an office.
Fact 12: Who invented the Cell Phone? It is said that Martin Cooper
visualized a hand-held device that was similar to the 'communicators' used by
Captain Kirk and Spock the T.V. series 'Star Trek, although Martin Cooper later
said he was actually inspired by the wrist radio used by Dick Tracy, the
American comic strip hero.
Fact 13: Who invented the Cell Phone? In 1973 the first portable cell
phone call was made by Martin Cooper to Joel Engel, his research rival at Bell
Labs. The cell phone call was the first to make a phone call to a person instead
of to a specific place.
Fact 14: Who invented the Cell Phone? Although mobile phones had been
used in cars since 1945 Martin Cooper’s cell phone was the first phone invented
for truly portable use. Martin Cooper and his team at Motorola were awarded a
patent for the cell phone in 1975.
Fact 15: Who invented the Cell Phone? Martin Cooper was rewarded by
Motorola for his ground breaking work on the Cellphone and was promoted first to
Vice-President and then Corporate Director of Research and Development at
Fact 16: Who invented the Cell Phone? In 1978 Public tests in Chicago
were conducted on a new cellphone system with 2,000 trial customers and
cellphone devices. A group of small, low-powered transmission towers were
erected, each covering a radius area of a few miles. In 1981 further tests were
conducted in the Washington-Baltimore area.
Fact 17: Who invented the Cell Phone? In 1982 the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), an independent agency of the United States government,
officially approved the commercial cellphone service.
Fact 18: Who invented the Cell Phone? In 1991 Martin Cooper married
Arlene Harris, the founder of Dyna LLC in Chicago and software company
Subscriber Computing, Inc. Arlene Harris was known as the "First Lady of
Fact 19: Who invented the Cell Phone? By the year 2000 there were over
100 million cellular telephone subscribers.
Fact 20: Who invented the Cell Phone? Martin Cooper received the Charles
Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and has
assured his place in history as the man credited with the invention of the cell
Fact 20 - Impact: The invention of the cell phone has had a significant
impact on the lives of people who due to this invention are able to stay in
touch with their family and work, wherever located. The cell phone moved on with
the invention of the Smartphone in 1992 which
allowed access the Internet, the ability to take
photographs and record moving images and to send and receive emails.