The mobile phone is 40 years old today: Here is its black inventor

Boubacar Diallo

Henry Sampson is the inventor of the cellular telephone, because it is from his invention “the electric Gamma cell” (patent deposited on July 6, 1971 under n ° 3591860) which makes it possible to send and receive audio signals at the by means of wireless radio waves, that the famous “cell phone” has been able to appear all over the world.
This great researcher was born in 1931 in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1956, he obtained his baccalaureate in science at Purdue University. At the University of California (Los Angeles), he passed his master’s degree in engineering in 1961, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1965, and two years later, he obtained a doctorate in the same field.
He was a chemical engineer at the US Naval Weapons Center before working for the Aerospace Corporation in California where he held various positions (project engineer, director of operations and test program planning).

Awards and distinctions awarded to Henry Thomas Sampson:
1962-1964: Fellow of US Navy,
1964-1967: Atomic Energy Commission,
1982: Black Image Award from Aerospace Corp,
1983: Blacks in Engineering, Applied Science and Education Award, Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers
Source: Diversity directory

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