Watertown, SD - Jul 17, 2013 - Wireless communications pioneer Martin Cooper will be a keynote speaker at the National Association of Tower Erector's NATE UNITE 2014 Conference. NATE UNITE 2014 will be held in San Diego, CA, Feb. 24-27, 2014.
"On the 40th anniversary of the first cell call, we are extremely excited to introduce the maker of that call, Martin Cooper," stated NATE's Trade Show Committee Chairman Aaron Pitts of P&D Antenna Service. "Cooper's foresight has helped to pump the life blood into our industry. He and four of his colleagues were honored with the Charles Stark Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering as co-inventors of the cell phone and their contributions to the first cellular telephone networks, systems and standards."
Martin Cooper conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and is cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the first cellular telephone call. Cooper knew then that people needed the freedom that comes from anywhere, anytime telephony in contrast to being tethered to a desk or a car. He has been referred to as the father of portable cellular telephony and is recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. Cooper was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, a division manager and head of Research & Development for Motorola during a 29-year tenure. As an entrepreneur he has started a number of businesses including co-founding GreatCall, maker of the Jitterbug phone and service, and ArrayComm.
Cooper was an inaugural member of the WHF Wireless Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Science and Technology. In March 2011 Cooper was nominated for the "Mikhail Gorbachev: The Man Who Changed the World" Award. In February 2013 Cooper was co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize, one of the world's preeminent awards for engineering achievement. In September 2013 Cooper is slated to receive the coveted Marconi Prize. Cooper holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology on whose board of trustees he serves.