Meet Jesse Eugene Russell: Cell Phone Pioneer and Father of Digital Cellular Technology

Jesse Eugene Russell is an African-American inventor and IT entrepreneur known for his patented invention of the digital cellular base station and pioneer of the cell phone.

Jesse Eugene Russell was born in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America into a large African American family with eight brothers and two sisters. He is the son of Charles Albert Russell and Mary Louise Russell. His early childhood was spent in economically and socially deprived neighborhoods in inner-city of Nashville. As a teenager, he focused on athletics and not academics.

A key turning point in Russell’s life was the opportunity to attend a summer educational program at Fisk University. Russell participated in this educational opportunity and began his academic and intellectual pursuits at Tennessee State University Tennessee State University. In 1972, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree (BSEE) in Electrical Engineering. As a top honor student in the School of Engineering, Russell became the first African American to be hired directly from a Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) by AT&T Bell Laboratories and subsequently became the first African American in the United States to be selected as the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year in 1980. In 1973, Russell obtained his Master of Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree from Stanford University.

Russell has helped to shape the wireless communications industry direction through his leadership and perspectives for standards, technologies as well as new wireless service concepts. His innovations in wireless communication systems, architectures and technology related to radio access networks, end user devices and in-building wireless communication systems have fundamentally changed the wireless communication industry. Known for his patented invention of the digital cellular base station, Russell continues to innovate in the emerging next generation broadband wireless communication technologies, products, networks, and services as well as “Mobile Cloud Computing” which are shaping the forefront of the 4G Communication Industry.

He holds patents and pioneered the field of digital cellular communication in the 1980s through the use of high-power linear amplification and low bit rate voice encoding technologies and received a patent in 1992 (US patent #5,084,869) for his work in the area of digital cellular base station design. Although no one person invented the cell phone, he was one of the key people to the invention of the modern cell phone. Russell is currently Chairman and CEO of incNETWORKS, Inc. a New Jersey-based Broadband Wireless Communications Company focused on 4th Generation (4G) Broadband Wireless Communications Technologies, Networks and Services.

He has over 100 patents granted and thirty years of experience in Research and Development in pioneering technologies such as the invention of the first digital cellular base station and fiber optic microcell utilizing high power linear amplifier technology and digital modulation techniques.

This allowed the beginning of the digital cellular evolution, digital cellular standards, personal communications networks as well as the emergence of “Mobile Cloud Computing” within 4G broadband wireless networks are only some of the accomplishments that have forged new directions for the wireless communication industry. The applications of his access technologies were one of the keys in expanding AT&T’s interest in re-building it local access services business.
It was Russell’s ingenuity and creation of the mobile device that made it possible for mobile phones to be handy and affordable today. His innovation made it possible for mobile devices to transmit signals between the handsets we use today, and the cell phone towers.

We are at a place in history where the hidden excellence of the Black race is being dug up and exposed to the whole world. More so, the technological, social, ideological, scientific achievements have been excluded from the curriculum of African schools, and that has made our research and revealing articles more important.

Many Africans believe that the mobile phone was invented by Europeans. But the truth is that it was not. So, please after reading this, help us share this article so that every Black person and family in the world would know this truth.

Africans and indeed all Black people worldwide are not inferior or technologically backward, and we must scream that in all corners of the earth.

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