Meet Jesse Eugene Russell the Black man who invented the first 'smart' phone

Meet Jesse Eugene Russell the Black man who invented the first 'smart' phone

- A Black man named Jesse Eugene Russell was the person who invented the first 'smart' phone

- At the time Russel came out with the invention, phones had no capability to be moved around

- Russel invented the wireless digital phone and communication which equipped phones with the 'smart' ability to be carried anywhere

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The man who invented the mobile technology everyone holds in their hand was a Black man by name Jesse Eugene Russell.

According to a news report gathered by Face2FaceAfrica, at the time of the groundbreaking invention, telecommunication devices could not be moved around freely though they were termed 'mobile' phones.

The phones were only used in cars. Rusell's invention in 1988 brought about devices that could be held in the hand and moved around.

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In addition to just improving usability, the invention of the wireless digital phone and communication by Jesse Eugene Russell greatly increased the affordability of the device.

At the time of the invention, the electrical engineer was working at AT&T-Bell Laboratories. To support his invention, he made the first-ever digital cellular base station.

The patent he holds to the digital services is still used by many renowned companies to this today.

Jesse Eugene Russell attended Standford University where he graduated with his M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1973.

Prior to Stanford, the smart inventor attended Tennessee State University where he had his B.S. degree in the same electrical engineering.

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Russell hails from Nolensville, Tennessee where he was birthed in 1948. He was one of the 11 children that his parents had.

The great inventor received several awards for his groundbreaking invention that enabled transmission of signals from devices to towers, which is the bedrock of all smartphones today.

Awards he received include Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Eta Kappa Nuand in 1980.

Twelve years after the invention, Russel was named the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year for the best technical contributions in digital cellular and microcellular technology.

Meanwhile, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has conquered other schools in a fierce battle to win the Newsroom Contest for 2019.

In the finals, the UPSA contestants had to battle a very strong Wisconsin International University College side to lift the highly-coveted trophy.

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