Martin Cooper, considered by many to be one of the leading inventors of the 20th century is credited with inventing the device which nowadays we can’t leave home without: the cell phone.
Considered the “father of cell phones” it was on today’s date four decades ago, April 3, 1973, that Cooper and John F. Mitchell (Motorola’s Chief of Portable Communication Products and Cooper’s Manager) demonstrated two working phones to the media and to passers-by prior to walking into a scheduled press conference at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan. Standing on Sixth avenue near the Hilton, Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public from the prototype DynaTAC.
Cooper has stated that his vision for the handheld device was inspired by Captain James T. Kirk using his Communicator on the television show Star Trek. Think about that next time you poke fun at Trekkies.
Borrowed from Wikipedia