a printable bio.
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Futurist
Cooper is an internationally renowned expert on technology and
innovation and its impact on business and society. He is widely
regarded as one of the leading inventors of our time and has spent
most of the past 5 decades creating some of the world’s most
important business and technological concepts and offerings. He is an
activist who seeks to shape public policy in the US and globally
having testified before various committees, and been featured in
national publications and news shows. He is passionate about the
revolution in health care and commerce that wireless technology will
engender when networks are finally opened and new technology
adopted. Cooper is also an accomplished entrepreneur and futurist.
Martin Cooper is Chairman and Co-Founder of DYNA, LLC and Executive Chairman and
Co-Founder of ArrayComm, LLC, based in San Jose, CA. Cooper is also Co-Founder and
director of GreatCall, Inc. the innovator of the Jitterbug cell phone and service. Cooper has
been involved in and contributed to virtually every major innovation in personal wireless
communications in his over 50-year career. He conceived the first portable cellular phone
in 1973 and is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. For 29 years,
he led a number of major businesses at Motorola, including high-capacity paging, trunked
mobile radio, cellular radio telephone, quartz crystals and oscillators, liquid crystal
displays, piezo-electric components, Motorola A.M. Stereo technology, and various
mobile and portable two-way radio product lines. Following Motorola, Cooper co-founded
Cellular Business Systems, Inc., a cellular billing system company. Cooper has numerous
patents in the communications field. He is widely published and continues to write and
lecture around the world about wireless communications, technological innovation, the
Internet, and R&D management. Cooper was involved in industry and government efforts
to allocate new radio frequency spectrum for the land mobile radio services in the U.S. and
has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and the United States
Senate. He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee
that advises the President of the United States on spectrum policy. He has received
numerous awards, most recently being named as a recipient of the 2009 Prince of Asturias
Award for Technical and Scientific Research. He has bachelors and masters degrees from
the Illinois Institute of Technology, was awarded an honorary doctorate by that institution,
and serves on its board of trustees. Martin Cooper has served on the boards of several
public and private companies.
Business/Data Privacy/Emerging Technology/Mobile Health Care
Telecommunications/Spectral Efficiency/Wireless Innovation
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Member, National Academy of Engineering 2010
Laureate and recipient of the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific
Research, The Prince of Asturias Foundation, Oviedo, Spain
Radio Club of America Fred Link Award and Fellow.
IEEE Centennial Medal and Fellow.
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Business Transformation Technology Change
Leader Award for technological innovations in the communications field.
Cooper inaugural member of RCR's Wireless Hall of Fame
Wireless Systems Design 2002 Industry Leader award
American Computer Museum’s George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer
Named by Red Herring magazine one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2000
Cooper received the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award for technological
innovations in the communication field
FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF RECENT ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS WHERE
MARTY COOPER HAS BEEN THE FEATURED.
8.19.2010 – Martin Cooper, Inventor of the Cell Phone, Entrepreneur, Futurist,
8.3.2010 – Yo Hice la Primera Llamada Celular de la Historia, Citytv.com.co. 7.26.2010 – The future of Cell and Smart Phones, The Diane Rehm Show, NPR
7.9.2010 – Inventor of Cell Phone: We Knew Someday Everybody Would Have One, by Tas
5.21.2010 – Cell Phone: Marty Cooper’s Big Idea, 60 Minutes, CBS News.
3.25.2010 – Mobile Cell Phone History – Communication Technology, Online Communication
2 3.16.2010 – Mobile Cell Phone Inventor on the Wireless Industry, C-SPAN TV
2.21.2010 – Coopers Calling, By Roger Field, CommsMea.
12.7.09 - Driven to Distraction, Promoting the Car Phone, Despite Risks, By Matt Richtel, The
New York Times.
8.18.09 - Interview with Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS, San Diego, CA.
7.28.09 - Conversation with Martin Cooper, "Eight Forty-Eight," WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago
6.4.09 - Brain Scan; Father of the Cell Phone, The Economist.
FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF RECENT EVENTS AND CONFERENCES WHERE
MARTY HAS BEEN THE FEATURED SPEAKER.
Science and Innovation Week 2009, Palacio de Mineria, Mexico City, Mexico
"History and Future of Cellular Communications," Universidad International Menendez Pelayo
(UIMP), Santander, Spain
"31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners" at the Palacio de
Congresos, Madrid, Spain www.privacyconference2009.org/privacyconf2009/index-idesidweb.html
Martin Cooper, Keynote, "Communications Marketing Conference," at the Bahai Hotel, San
Diego, CA www.cma-cmc.org/
Martin Cooper, Speaker, "The ICAP CEO Summit 2009," Hyatt Regency Hotel, Huntington
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
"The City of Mexico was thrilled to host such a wonderful innovator of the 21st century, the
audience found Marty to be truly enlightening."
Directora de Planeación Estratégica
Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología del Distrito Federal
"Marty Cooper´s keynote speech was definitely one of the highlights of the Conference. It was a
real privilege to listen to his insider and authoritative views on the creation, evolution and
3 especially the future of mobile telephony. He expressed very powerful and innovative ideas in a
simple and witty manner."
Jose M. Sanz-Magallon
CEO, Telefonica, Internacional USA
“Marty Cooper was terrific”! It is such an honor to have Marty address our group(s) – CMA and
RCA. Most of us have worked together for almost 40 years. It’s just so much fun. That being
said, we all know Marty personally or are well aware of his accomplishments and contributions
to the industry. It is just such an honor to have him join us.”
The Communications Marketing Association
Please call Sheryl Wilkerson at +1703.855.1208 or email [email protected] for more
information on Martin Cooper’s speech topics and availability.