About His Life

Martin Cooper was born December 26, 1928 and when he was older be became an American engineer. He is a pioneer and visionary in the wireless communications industry. While at Motorola in 1970s, Cooper conceived the first handheld mobile phone in 1973 and he led the team that developed it. They brought it to the market in 1983. He is considered the "Father of the cell phone" and is also cited as the first person in history to make a handheld cellular phone call in public. Cooper is co-founder of numerous successful communications companies with his wife and business partner.

Martin Cooper.

Cooper left his first job at Teletype of Corporation in Chicago in 1954 and join Motorola,Inc as a senior development engineer in the mobile equipment group. He developed many products including the first cellular-like portable handheld police radio system, produced for the Chicago police department in 1967. By the early 1970's Cooper headed up Motorola's communication systems division. Here he
conceived of the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and led the 10-year process of bringing it to market. On April 3, 1973 Cooper and Mitchell demonstrated two working phones to the media and to passers-by prior to walking into a scheduled press conference at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan. Standing on Sixth avenue near the Hilton, Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public from the prototype DynaTAC. The call connected him to a base station Motorola had installed on the roof of the Burlingame House and into the AT&T land-line telephone system.Cooper also worked at Motorola for 29 years. Cooper rose through the ranks to become Vice-President and Corporate Director of Research and Development at Motorola.

Cellular Business Systems

In 1983, the first commercial cellular phone service began operation in the United States and the DynaTAC phone became available to consumers at a list price of around $4,000 but Cooper left Motorola before the launch. In that same year, he co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc and helped lead it to dominate the cellular billing industry with 75 percent market share. In 1986, Cooper sold CBSI to Cincinnati Bell for $23 million.

Martin Cooper Holding the DynaTAC.

Cooper graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve where he served as a submarine officer during the Korean War. in 1957 Cooper went on to earn his Master's degree from IIT in electrical engineering. In 2004 IIT awarded Cooper an honorry doctorate degree. He serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

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The School of Illinois Institute of Technology.

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