John Francis Mitchell


Birthday January 1, 1928

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace Chicago, IL

DEATH DATE Jun 9, 2009 (81)

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Motorola executive who came up with the engineering idea of the first mobile phone, which was manufactured by his company.

Before Fame

He spent three years in the U.S. Navy, serving as a communications officer.


He expanded the capabilities of Motorola's wireless technologies and worked on the prototype of the first wireless telephone.

Family Life

He had a son and a daughter with his wife Margaret.

Associated With

His work built on the pioneering experiments of Jozef Murgas, who was one of the first to study wireless radio transmissions.