Some time ago I wrote the post- when was the cell phone invented. Today I will answer the question ‘who invented cell phones’ and also look at some facts about the man who invented cell phones.
Who Invented Cell Phones
Cell phones were invented by Martin Cooper in 1973, who was working for Motorola at the time. His was the first design that was practical and was truly ‘mobile’ (car phones have previously been invented- but they could only be used in a car). The first commercially available cell phone was not sold until six years later (in 1979). They first sold in Japan. Cell phones were not commercially available in the United States until 1983. The Motorola DynaTAC was the first phone approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). So now you know who invented cell phones. Now let’s look at some facts about the inventor, Martin Cooper
Facts about Martin Cooper
- Martin Cooper is a member of Mensa.
- Watching Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series (then just called Star Trek) inspired Cooper to invent a cell phone.
- Cooper is also the first person to make a call on a cell phone. He called a rival, Dr Joel S Engel, who was also working on inventing a cell phone. He made the call in New York City, to the amazement of people who were passing by!
- He is the CEO and founder of ArrayComm.