Forty years ago, the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper. He called to his competitor, in order to let him know that he had achieved the goal in which both were working.
Martin Cooper is an electronics engineer and the mobile’s phone inventor. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1928. Cooper is the founder and CEO of ArrayComm, a company that develops intelligent antennas and improves the wireless networks technology. He also was the corporative manager of “Research and Development” in Motorla.
Five decades ago, the only place one could find a commercial cell phone was on the dashboard of a senior executive car, which was connected to a trunk full of cables that had to carry in the trunk. Motorola transformed this primitive cellular in wireless telephony. The first call was made by Cooper with a prototype (Motorola DynaTAC 8000X), although it took a decade to launch it to market. That "brick" of 794 grams, was about 33 inches high, 4.5 long and 8.9 thick. The reaction of people on the street was amazement and bewilderment. Cooper, then at 44 years old, was an engineer excited, something that has kept today because, despite his 84 years, he cannot stop working.
These are some of his awards and affiliations:
· 1984 – IEEE Centennial Medal and Fellow
· 1995 – Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award
· 1996 – Radio Club of America Fred Link Award and Life Fellow with the International Engineering Consortium
· 2000 – "Red Herring" Magazine Top Ten Entrepreneurs of 2000
· 2000 – RCR Wireless News Hall of Fame Inaugural Member
· 2002 – American Computer Museum George Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer Award
· 2002 – Wireless Systems Design Industry Leader Award
· 2006 – CITA Emerging Technologies Award
· 2007 – Wireless World Research Forum Fellow
· 2007 – Global Spec Great Moments Engineering Award
· 2008 – CE Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Award
· October 2008 – Wireless History Foundation, Top U.S. Wireless Innovators of All Time.
· 2009 – Prince of Asturias Award for scientific and technical research.
· 2009 – Life Trustee, Illinois Institute of Technology
· 2010 – Radio Club of America, Lifetime Achievement Award
· October 2010 – Member, National Academy of Engineering
· 2011 – Inaugural Mikhail Gorbachev: The Man Who Changed the World Awards Nominee
· 2011 – Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement
· 2012 – Washington Society of Engineers, Washington Award
· 2013 – Charles Stark Draper Prize, National Academy of Engineering
· 2013 – Marconi Prize
Cooper to formulated the Law of Spectral Efficiency, otherwise known as Cooper's Law. The Law states that the maximum number of voice conversations or equivalent data transactions that can be conducted in all of the useful radio spectrum over a given area doubles every 30 months.
Finally, these are some of his latter publications:
“The Myth of Spectrum Scarcity” Position Paper, March 2010.
“Mobile WiMax – Fourth-Generation Wireless,” Bechtel Communications Technical Journal, September 2007,.
“The Need for Simplicity,” in the anthology “Mobile Persuasion: 20 Perspectives on the Future of Behavior Change,” published by Stanford University in 2007.
“Antennas Get Smart” in Scientific American, July 2003.
“Personal Communications in 2025” for Eta Kappa NU Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Autumn 2005.
“Everyone is Wrong” in Technology Review, June 2001.