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Monday, May 2, 2011

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Ever wonder who invented the Cell Phone?

        Ok, you are on a TV game show and have to answer  this question to win $10M. The question is, who invented the cellular phone?  In all probability most of us could not answer this question. Those of you who know are in that small minority.

        The inventor of the Cellular phone is Henry Sampson, Jr. Sampson is an African-American from Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Morehouse and transferred to Purdue. He received an MS in Engineering from the University of California (Go Bears). He was awarded an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Illinois and his Ph.D. from Illinois. Sampson is the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

        In 1971 Sampson was awarded a patent for the "gamma-electric cell."
This technology was used in the cellular phone.  Hopefully Dr. Sampson was well rewarded for his efforts.

Alright, now you can add this to the hundreds of things, Americans can’t do without, that were invented by African Americans, i.e. traffic signals, blood plasma, open heat surgery, fountain pen,  egg beater, potato chips, personal computer, street sweeper, gas mask, refrigerated trucking, auto directional signals, etc, etc and etc. One day Google in “Black Inventors” and be pleasantly surprised, Black history is more than just Martin Luther..

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