The man credited with inventing the cell phone is in Winnipeg. 87 year old Martin Cooper, appearing on 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier show this morning, says the idea for the cell phone came from a concept ATT had in 1947 for a car phone.
Cooper spent many years as an engineer with Motorola and wanted something that went one step further and allowed people to go anywhere with their phone. You would think the inventor of the cell phone would have become very wealthy from the invention but Cooper says when he went to work for Motorola he sold all his intellectual properties for a dollar. Once the first cell phone was built he says it was another 10 years before they could get it to market and build the base stations needed to make calls.
Cooper spent what he called his “formative years” in Winnipeg living at Redwood and Charles. He says he still has family in the city.
Cooper is in the city for an event tonight called The Innovators put on by the Information and Communication Technology Association. The province will honour him by making him a citizen of Manitoba for his contribution to technology.