The History of Cellular Mobile Phones Lecture by Dr. Jonathan E. Agar Department of History and Philosphy of Science, Cambridge University Wednesday 11th February 2004 at The IEE Savoy Place, London, UK

The lecture will be an overview of the history of cellular mobile phones, from the perspectives of social and cultural history. The speaker will ask why the cellular phone idea, articulated as early as 1945, was developed in the 1960s and 1970s. I will also explore several other themes, including the relationship of cellular systems to other technological and information systems, and the meaning of mobility in different societies. The talk is based on a recent book by Jon Agar, ‘Constant Touch: a Global History of the Mobile Phone’ (Icon Books, 2003)

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