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Martin Cooper
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    (December 26, 1928- )
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Division manager at Motorola
    Headed the team that developed the handheld mobile phone (1973)
    Recipient of US Patent 3,906,166 for a 'radio telephone system' (with seven other Motorola engineers)
    For the first public demonstration of the cell phone (April 3, 1973), he called up his counterpart at rival AT&T and basically taunted him.
    His first cell phone weighed 2.5 pounds and had a battery that lasted 20 minutes. ('That wasn't really a big problem because you couldn't hold that phone up for that long.')
    By the time Motorola began selling cell phones to the public, he had left the company (1983).
    He complained that modern smartphones are a 'monstrosity' loaded up with too much technology.
    He is responsible for that guy next to you in the theater who thinks now is a perfect time for a phone conversation even though the @!%#&! movie has already started.
    He predicted, 'The cell phone in the long range is going to be embedded under your skin behind your ear along with a very powerful computer who is in effect your slave.' (Until the computers revolt and take over, which will be much easier when they have direct access to your internal organs.)
    Earlier, he developed the first portable handheld police radios for the Chicago police department (1967).
    He said the inspiration for the cell phone was Captain Kirk using his communicator in Star Trek.
    He said, 'We had no idea that in as little as 35 years more than half the people on Earth would have cellular telephones and they give the phones away to people for nothing.'
    He dislikes being identified as the father of the cell phone, noting 'It really took teamwork and literally hundreds of people to create the vision of what cellular is today.'
    In response to complaints about the intrusiveness of cell phones, he noted 'It doesn't take a cellular phone to make people rude.'

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