IIT ECE Alumni Martin Cooper in Top 20 Innovations in Chicago That Changed the World


Martin Cooper is considered the father of the cell phone, a device many could not live without. Cooper graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1950 and in 1957 he went on to earn his Master’s degree from IIT in electrical engineering. In 2004 IIT awarded Cooper an honorary doctorate degree. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Because of this, his work is featured as one of the top 20 innovations in Chicago that Changed the World in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky section.