There are many people who have invented and influenced the technology that we use in our everyday lives. But who are the cream of the crop, the people who have made the biggest impact on the gadgets we use? We take a look.
Motorola engineer Marty Cooper has a big claim when it comes to the tech world – he is the man who made the first mobile phone call. Way back in 1973, Cooper used a cumbersome and unwieldy device to make the historic call, choosing to phone his biggest competitor, at rival firm Bell Labs.
The dutch-born engineer worked for several big tech firms, including NCR, before becoming the chairman of an organisation known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It was in this role that he oversaw the development of the technology that would eventually become Wi-Fi. Imagine your home without it?
One of the most important figures in the history of the internet, Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an easy way for computers to communicate with each other. The impact of his work saw online computer use move from the preserve of scientists to something which could be used by everyday people, and he earned himself a knighthood in the process.
If you remember using Netscape Navigator back in the nineties, then you have Marc Andreessen to thank. He created one of the first web browsers, a programme known as Mosaic, before taking it to a wider commercial audience with the Netscape name. This move did much to bring the idea of flicking through web pages to the wider public and move the internet into people’s everyday lives.
A controversial figure, Fanning was the brains behind Napster, the file-sharing service which caused so many problems for the music industry in the early 2000s. While illegal in its own right, the way in which Napster worked forced big companies to adopt legal digital distribution methods, bringing the idea of downloading music, movies and more to mainstream culture.