On October 5th, 2011, america lost one of its greatest tech darlings and marketing gurus when Steve Jobs succumbed to cancer.
Actually, I think Steve's greatest innovations were in the area(s) of marketing; 'cause he knew how to make lackluster, or 'boxy' looking computer hardware aesthetically more beautiful. This was his truest talent.
I remember that day in October; the whole nation grieved as one of its native 'tech' sons phased out of this dimension.
But I was unmoved by the contributions of Steve Jobs; don't get me wrong, I think he made a lot of tech gadgets 'sexier' for lack of a better term; but I knew of another man who's contribution to the tech world far surpassed his...ladies and gents, I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Henry T. Sampson.
His father Henry T. Sampson Sr., was a former executive dean of Jackson State University, and has a library wing named after him at Jackson State U.
Henry Jr. graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson, MS and went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, before transferring to Purdue University in Indiana. He received a bachelor's degree in science at Purdue in 1956 and graduated with a Masters of Science in engineering from the University of California in 1961.
Sampson also received an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1965 and his PHD in 1967.
He is the first Black person to earn a PHD in Nuclear Engineering in the u.s.
Henry holds several patents, two are binder systems for propellants and explosives; both these inventions are related to solid rocket motors.
And, on July 6th, 1971, Henry was awarded a patent for the 'Gamma Electric Cell'...Patent no. 3,591,860; and this is where we get the term 'cell phone' from.
The Gamma Electric Cell provides and produces high voltage radio waves that transmit and receive audio signals. And it's inside every cell phone...even the one you own.
This device is what makes 'mobile' telecommunication possible.
Not only that, this device is what makes mobile internet service possible in every tablet, cell phone and laptop computer; just like the one I'm using to create this post now.
But if the Black diaspora depends on the white media to tell us about great Black inventors like Henry, we'll never hear about them.
Now, besides the name of Henry T. Sampson, another name you'll see is George H. Miley; this is supposedly the white man who helped Henry build the Gamma Electric Cell.
But after doing some research, it seems what he's most famous for is a process of 'cold fusion' that produces 'low-energy reactions' in thin metal films; while the Gamma Electric Cell produces much more powerful, high voltage radio waves.
George was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; so I guess they figure sheer proximity to Dr. Sampson would be enough to associate him with the invention of the Gamma Electric Cell.
This smacks of whitey not wanting to give credit to Henry for his creation; but I wouldn't expect anything more from those fair-skinned folks. They've gotta' keep us thinking we're inferior to them, or else we might see them for the icy-blue eyed degenerates they really are.
So anytime you see a story about Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerburg, and you see how they're lauded for their brilliance; or if some white person is keen on telling you how their people have created everything, or if some white supremacist in Black face (like Uncle Tommy Sotomayor) is telling you this; tell them about Dr. Sampson...and shut them the hell up!
Another reason we should celebrate Dr. Sampson is HE'S STILL LIVING!...so we don't have to miss him like whitey misses Steve Jobs.