Jesse Eugene Russell: How a Black man Invented The First Digital Cell Phone in the World

Jesse Eugene Russell: How a Black man Invented The First Digital Cell Phone in the World

  • The first digital mobile phone was built by an African-American man called Jessue Eugene Russell while he worked at AT&T
  • Jesse's idea for a wireless mobile phone was birthed at a time where cell phones where only available in cars and could only be used if a person had access to a car
  • The black inventor made it possible for signals to be transmissed between current handset devices and cell phone towers

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The invention of mobile phones made life easier and less stressful. The world moved from using birds to get messages across, writing letters, using landlines, to finally using of mobile phones.

Many attribute the creation of smartphones to Europeans given the numerous inventions they have come up with.

The man who invented smart phones
Side by side photo of young Jesse and grown Jesse Photo credit: Liberty Writers Africa, The History Makers
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A publication by black however credits the existence of smartphones to an African-American man by the name of Jesse Eugene Russell.

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According to the report, Jesse worked as an Engineer at AT&T-Bell Laboratories in 1988 and there, he came up with the idea of a wireless digital phone and communication.

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How Jesse Eugene Russell invented the first smartphone

Mobile devices were mainly used in cars and other vehicles before Jesse came up with the wire device, Liberty Writers Africa reported.

A publication by also shared a statement by Jesse which had him explain how he birthed his invention.

According to the report, the challenge AT&T had was that, they were only able to make money when people use the inbuilt mobile phones in cars but ends when they get out of their cars because they were unable to take the phones with them.

Russel came up with the concept of getting phones on people and not just being in cars.

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He therefore re-engineered the technological dynamic between cell towers and handset devices and made signal transmission between current handset devices and cell phone towers possible, reported.

Meet Isaac R. Johnson the Black man who invented and patented the bicycle frame

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Isaac R. Johnson, a Black man born in New York around 1812 was the person who invented and patented the bicycle.

A report by indicates that it was a great challenge to patent an invention, especially in the late 1800s as a Black man.

It was against all odds that Isaac R. Johnson succeeded in this challenge and successfully patented the bicycle frame on October 10, 1899.

Reports indicate that he was not the very first person to try making the bicycle frame. Yet, he was the first Black man to invent and patent the bicycle frame which could be folded or taken apart for easy storage.

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