We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

10 unsung heros of technology

Fathers of the tech industry you may not know

Without heroes such as Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Bob Metcalfe we might not able to connect to and surf the web.

However, for every well-known 'father' of technology, there are plenty of unsung heroes that have played just as an important role in our lives but yet remain relatively unknown.

That's about to change as we've rounded up the 10 most important unknown heroes of technology.

Marty Cooper

Cooper filed a patent for the 'radio telephone system' in 1973, while working at Motorola, and was the first person to make a call on a portable mobile phone. (He called a rival engineer at Bell Labs.)

Cooper has stated that his inspiration came from watching Star Trek's Captain Kirk talk on his communicator device. Today, Cooper is the CEO and founder of ArrayComm.

Mike Lazaridis

Born in Turkey to Greek parents, Lazaridis was five years old when his family moved to Canada. At age 12, he won a prize for reading every science book in his public library.

He dropped out of college to start Research in Motion in 1984 and subsequently developed the BlackBerry. In 2000, he put up $100m to start an institute devoted to the study of theoretical physics.

NEXT PAGE: Tony Fadell and John Backus

  1. You may not be aware of these 'fathers of industry'
  2. Tony Fadell and John Backus
  3. The father of telecommuting and the inventor of the mouse
  4. Gary Thuerk and John Cioffi
  5. The heroes of Unix and wireless standards


IDG UK Sites

Nokia branding killed in place of 'Microsoft Lumia': Windows Phone moves into new era

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

Halloween Photoshop tutorials: 13 masterclasses for horrifying art, designs and type

IDG UK Sites

Should you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8? iOS 8.1 brings back Camera Roll, adds Apple Pay in...