The History of the Mobile Phone


An illustrated lecture which traces the evolution of the various elements which have come together over time to produce the modern mobile phone. The lecture will also seek to look at what might lie ahead and some of the challenges which the mobile phone world of the future may bring.

Speaker's Biography

Professor David Parsons is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Salford's School of Computing Science & Engineering. Following an early career in banking, David Parsons "retired" in late 1993 as Advanced Technology Director, Group Information Systems, Barclays Bank Plc where his responsibilities included long term research to identify new and emerging technologies of potential business benefit to the bank. He was with Barclays for over 35 years, working in branch banking before transferring to the IT division in 1963. Within Barclays, he also held senior executive level roles in Telecommunications, Networking and Technical Research.

Since retirement he has pursued a "mixed" career which has included acting as an Independent Technology Advisor; a 10 year part-time contract as the Regional Manager North for the British Computer Society; lecturing at several universities; evaluating research proposals for the European Commission and EPSRC and researching and public engagement work at the University of Salford.


This is a free event but guests need to register for a place with Sara Buckley.