Martin CooperB.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1950; M.S., 1957. Executive Chairman and Co-founder of ArrayComm, Inc.
"Being a symbiote has worked for me," says inventor Martin Cooper, likening himself to an organism that exists in a mutually beneficial relationship with another. "Absorb everything in life!"
One of the best examples of this analogy culminated in Cooper's greatest professional achievement: realizing his dream that one day everyone in the world would have a cell phone. His accomplishment—the invention of the world's first handheld mobile phone—revolutionized wireless communications.
During his 29-year tenure at Motorola, Inc., where he served as corporate director of research and development, Cooper continued to add to his knowledge base and created enhancements in technology, including Improved Mobile Telephone Service, high-capacity paging, and trunked land-mobile systems.
Upon leaving Motorola, Cooper co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc., a cellular billing company that was sold to Cincinnati Bell. In addition to his roles at ArrayComm, Cooper, along with his wife, Arlene Harris, also founded GreatCall, Inc., a wireless technology company that launched the Jitterbug cellular phone.
An IIT Life Trustee and recipient of a 2010 Alumni Medal, Cooper has been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including induction into the National Academy of Engineering.