How Ironic... Cellphone Inventor Wins Award Named After Radio Inventor
April 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM (PT)
Life is a little ironic for MARTIN COOPER, who is being recognized this week with an award named after radio's inventor -- for helping invent the cell phone.
COOPER will take home the $100,000 MARCONI award for leading a team at MOTOROLA develop the "DynaTAC" phone in 1973. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that phone "was far from today’s pocket-sized models, with weight of 2.5 pounds and a size more reminiscent of the walkie-talkies of World War II than today’s iPHONES." The reports also notes, "It took some years for the technical and regulatory matters to be worked out. But MOTOROLA helped build an industry that would attract many players and transform the way many people think about technology."
The MARCONI AWARD was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by the daughter of GUGLIELMO MARCONI, the NOBEL laureate who invented radio.