Cell phone, I am your father.
Meet Martin Cooper…
Known by many as the father of cellphones, Martin is one of the people who helped revolutionize the world. Think of your life. How many things in your life would you not be able to do without your cell phone? Calling your friend that you are late because traffic is heavy, calling your mom at the store because you forgot to tell her to pick up an extra jug of milk, simply just calling someone while outside without using a payphone would be impossible without a cell phone.
Martin Cooper was born in Chicago Illinois to his parents Arthur and Mary Cooper on December 26th 1928. As a child he was always very interested in the way things worked, he was always taking things apart and putting them back together. Being as curious and creative as he was it would only be suiting for Martin to one day have a job in which he could use all of that creativity, wouldn’t it?
Martin eventually ended up working for Motorola and in the year 1872 the first public phone call off of a cellular telephone was made, Martin made it when a reporter wanted a demonstration of how the phone worked. So he set off walking down the street and decided that the call would go to a worker for AT&T. AT&T had earlier released a phone they called portable because you could use it in car, but it still had wires. So when this phone call’s rings were silenced, one or the things that Martin said to the other end of the line was, “I’m calling you from a cell phone, but a real cell phone. A personal, handheld, portable cell phone.” There was silence at the other end of the line as AT&T realized that they had been beat.
“People want to talk to other people – not a house, or an office, or a car. Given a choice, people will demand the freedom to communicate wherever they are, unfettered by the infamous copper wire. It is that freedom we sought to vividly demonstrate.”
And freedom is certainly the thing that I believe that a cell phone demonstrates, No longer do we have to be bound to wires and walls, we can communicate with other people where we want and when we want. But not only can we communicate with people anymore, in the modern day the cell phone has transformed to be nothing like the cell phones that Martin Cooper invented. Now we can browse the internet, take pictures, post those pictures, listen to music, and do countless other things by not just pressing a button, but by pressing the actual screen itself. In only about 40 years the world has been revolutionized by portable communication portable, and I think that is pretty extraordinary.