Martin Cooper

1928 - Today

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Martin "Marty" 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.While at Motorola in the 1970s, Cooper invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone (distinct from the car phone) in 1973 and led the team that developed it and brought it to market in 1983. He is considered the "father of the (handheld) cell phone" and is also cited as the first person in history to make a handheld cellular phone call in public, namely in 1973.Cooper is co-founder of numerous communications companies with his wife and business partner Arlene Harris; He is co-founder and current Chairman of Dyna LLC, in Del Mar, California. Cooper also sits on committees supporting the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Cooper has received more than 61,315 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Martin Cooper is the 67th most popular businessperson (down from 39th in 2019), the 698th most popular biography from United States (down from 392nd in 2019) and the 25th most popular American Businessperson.

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

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Among businesspeople, Martin Cooper ranks 67 out of 604Before him are Li Ka-shing, Fred Trump, Dietrich Mateschitz, Lee Byung-chul, Guccio Gucci, and Estée Lauder. After him are Frank Williams, Richard Branson, Bertha Benz, Benjamin Guggenheim, Kiichiro Toyoda, and Brian Epstein.

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Among people born in 1928, Martin Cooper ranks 38Before him are Domenico Modugno, Alexander Grothendieck, Alberto Korda, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Li Ka-shing, and Hans Küng. After him are Li Peng, Tommaso Buscetta, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Peyo, Carlos Fuentes, and Kim Yong-nam.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Cooper ranks 698 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Altman (1925), Dennis Tito (1940), Bill Evans (1929), Vincente Minnelli (1903), Dashiell Hammett (1894), and Estée Lauder (1906). After him are Ed O'Neill (1946), Hugh Everett III (1930), Stephen Covey (1932), Robert H. Goddard (1882), Matt Groening (1954), and James Tobin (1918).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Martin Cooper ranks 25Before him are Madam C. J. Walker (1867), Robert McNamara (1916), Paul Allen (1953), Margaret Hamilton (1936), Fred Trump (1905), and Estée Lauder (1906). After him are Benjamin Guggenheim (1865), Ronald Wayne (1934), William Randolph Hearst (1863), Larry Ellison (1944), Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794), and Mark Zuckerberg (1984).

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