Father of the Mobile Phone

Perhaps you don’t know but the father of the mobile phone is 74-year-old Martin Cooper and BBC tracked down this pioneer in the wireless industry at his day job in California’s Silicon Valley. It’s all down to an event that took place on a pavement in midtown Manhattan on 3 April 30 years ago.

Here you can see Martin Cooper and his wife and business partner Arlene Harris with their respective cell phone inventions.
(Photo: Business Wire)

Marty is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of ArrayComm, which makes software to help mobile phone carriers squeeze more calls on a network.
With the traffic whizzing by and New Yorkers bustling past, Marty stuck a kilo weight of plastic – housing all manner of wires and circuits – to his ear and started talking into it, becoming the first person to ever place a public call on a handheld cellular telephone.

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