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:
- Chicago Herald
- Converge Network Digest
- Crain’s Chicago Business
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Motorola News Bite
- National Journal
- Washington Post
Read about the Draper Prize on Wikipedia.