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 States.
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 Motorola.
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 Wireless".
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 phone.
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.