Martin Cooper

1928 - Today

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Martin Cooper (born December 26, 1928) is an American engineer. He is a pioneer in the wireless communications industry, especially in radio spectrum management, with eleven patents in the field.On April 3, 1973, he placed the first public call from a handheld portable cell phone while working at Motorola, from a Manhattan sidewalk to his counterpart at competitor Bell Labs. Cooper reprised the first handheld cellular mobile phone (distinct from the car phone) in 1973 and led the team that re-developed it and brought it to market in 1983. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Cooper has received more than 75,745 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Martin Cooper is the 58th most popular businessperson (up from 61st in 2019), the 538th most popular biography from United States (up from 640th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Businessperson.

He is most famous for his invention of the first cell phone.

Memorability Metrics

  • 76k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.47

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 41

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.15

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.95

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Martin Coopers by language

Over the past year Martin Cooper has had the most page views in the with 60,535 views, followed by Arabic (41,437), and Persian (32,577). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Turkish (406.79%), Estonian (397.94%), and Serbian (287.50%)


Among businesspeople, Martin Cooper ranks 58 out of 847Before him are Ray Kroc, Giovanni Agnelli, Rudolf Dassler, Jakob Fugger, Henri Nestlé, and Robert Bosch. After him are Sergei Diaghilev, Roman Abramovich, Ronald Wayne, Aga Khan IV, Thomas Cook, and Robert Kardashian.

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Among people born in 1928, Martin Cooper ranks 31Before him are Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Shirley Temple, James Coburn, Kim Yong-nam, Alvin Toffler, and Elie Wiesel. After him are Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Martin Landau, Alberto Korda, Domenico Modugno, Peyo, and Hans Küng.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Cooper ranks 538 out of 20,380Before him are Alvin Toffler (1928), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Tennessee Williams (1911), Ferid Murad (1936), Anthony Perkins (1932), and Gilbert N. Lewis (1875). After him are Jeff Bridges (1949), Tobin Bell (1942), Janet Leigh (1927), Ernest Borgnine (1917), Theodore William Richards (1868), and Richard Bach (1936).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Martin Cooper ranks 21Before him are Philip Kotler (1931), Hugh Hefner (1926), J. Paul Getty (1892), Bernie Madoff (1938), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), and Ray Kroc (1902). After him are Ronald Wayne (1934), Robert Kardashian (1944), Stan Kroenke (1947), Robert McNamara (1916), Kris Jenner (1955), and Mark Zuckerberg (1984).