On the occasion of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) 150th anniversary, Marty was amongst a very select group of awardees invited to accept an ITU50 award in Geneva, Switzerland. The awards recognize individuals that have contributed to improving the lives of world citizens through ICT innovations developed, promoted or implemented by ITU. Fellow ITU50 awardees included Bill Gates, Robert E. Kahn, Thomas Wiegand, Mark I. Krivocheev and Ken Sakamura.
Marty was honored to have been selected as one of the 2014-2015 Professional Gordon Engineering Leadership Awardees by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center. The Center’s purpose is to reward and recognize successful engineering leaders and to promote positive role models for the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. Congratulations to Marty and to all the other 2014-2015 award winners!
Marty was honored with the “Maverick Innovator Award” by Cinequest at their annual Film Festival on March 4. Cinequest seeks to “fuse the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect — driving transformations and a better tomorrow.”
The Marconi Society awarded Marty the 2013 Marconi Prize for his “pioneering contributions to the handheld cellphone and its associated technology and commercialism.” The Marconi Society was founded in 1974, by Gioia Marconi Braga, in honor of her father who is often credited with inventing the radio.
With the presentation of the Prize in Bologna, Italy, on 10/1/2013, Marty joins a “small elite group of scientists who have been at the forefront of every advance in communications theory and technology since the latter half of the Twentieth Century.”
An honorary doctorate degree was bestowed on Marty by the University of Hasselt in Belgium in September, 2013. Marty’s vision for personal wireless communications and invention of the portable cellular phone ideally suited the University’ s 2013 theme of “Shaping the Future.” During his visit, Marty also took time to lecture to University students and to speak at TEDxUHasseltSalon.
On February 19, 2013, Martin Cooper along with four other cell phone pioneers were honored with the Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering. Named after “Doc” Draper, the father of inertial navigation and developer of guidance technologies used for the Apollo moon landings, the Draper Awards this year honored Marty plus Joel S. Engel, Richard H. Frenkiel, Thomas Haug, and Yoshihisa Okumura — all regarded as coinventors of the cell phone.
This year’s Draper Prize marks the 80th anniversary of this award, and the 25th year of cooperation between the National Academy of Engineering and Draper Laboratories in support of the award.
Here’s an informal shot of the five Draper Award recipients for 2013. Marty’s 2nd from the right.
Watch the 2012 Draper Awards Ceremony by scrolling down on this page to “2013 NAE Awards Gala – Draper Prize Winners.”
Read the coverage here:
Read about the Draper Prize on Wikipedia.
Marty received a Lifetime Achievement Webby Award — “The Internet’s Highest Honor” — in New York City in June, 2011. Webby receipients are limited to five-word acceptance speeches: Marty revived Verizon’s famous tagline for his acceptance. “Can You Hear Me… Now?”
To watch the award presentation, click here
Click here for Webby Red Carpet Interview
Click here for a lobby interview with Mo Krochmal, journalist and social media analyst
Click here for KTTV-Los Angeles’s Webby coverage
In celebration of his 80th birthday, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched the “Man Who Changed the World” award — and named Marty as one of his inaugural nominees. Founded by Green Cross International, the Gorbachev Foundation, the Nobel Peace Laureates Forum and the New Policy Forum, the Mikhail Gorbachev “Man Who Changed the World” awards recognize people who have changed the world, and will continue to do so.
Along with Marty, 2011 Gorbachev award nominees include Ted Turner, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Sergey Brin, Stephen Spielberg, Jurgen Habermas, Bono, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Evans Wadongo. Berners-Lee, Turner and Wadongo won the prize.
Marty was presented with the Washington Award from the the Western Society of Engineers, an award created in 1916 to recognize the “devoted, unselfish, and preeminent service in advancing human progress.” It was named the Washington Award as a reminder that the nation’s first president was an engineer. It is awarded annually to an engineer whose professional attainments have advanced the welfare of all peoples.
The list of recipients includes these notable honorees:
Read the Western Society of Engineers’ summary of the award here.
On February 17, 2010, Marty was elected as a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
Read the press release here.