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Catalog Number

102702037

Title

Cooper, Martin oral history

Type

Text

Date

2008-05-02

Contributor

Cooper, Martin, Interviewee
Maloney, Sean, Interviewer
Rosenshteyn, Yan, Cameraperson

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

20 p.

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Martin Cooper tells his life story, growing up in Canada and the US, the son of entrepreneurial parents. He joined the navy and learned lessons in discipline and systemization… along with a little about electronic communications. He was later employed at Teletype Corp. before moving on to Motorola. It was there where he got heavily involved in communications from both an engineering and marketing point of view. He was ultimately credited with “inventing the cell phone” as a result of his role as project manager and cheerleader for this new type of communications device. He made the first public cell phone call, in this case to his competitor at AT&T. He later became corporate director of R&D at Motorola. After leaving Motorola, Martin has been involved in numerous other companies associated with the communications and cell phone businesses, including Cellular Business Systems and ArrayCom.

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Transcription

Subject

Motorola; Two-way radio; semiconductor history; Cooper, Martin; cell phone; Krolopp, Rudy; communications; Galvin, Paul; Galvin, Bob; cellular telephony; AT&T; FCC; Engel, Joel; MICARL; Cellular Business Systems; WiMAX; ArrayCom

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Lot Number

X4602.2008