USA: Brothers Ain’t Just On Cell Phones [We…] He Henry T. Sampson Invented Them Too!

Henry T. Thomas Sampson, Jr. Invented a Gamma-Electrical Cell Which Made Possible Your Cell Phone! Our kids can learn Mathematics and Science and Engineering and Technology and Patent Law… from some of us.  Hmmm.

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Henry T. Thomas Sampson Jr. was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1934) is a true and relevant American inventor. The African American inventor is a brilliant and accomplished nuclear physicist who invented a Gamma-Electrical Cell. Henry Sampson’s patent (US 3,591,860) can be viewed in its entirety online or in person at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. View Portions of the patent below. Henry Sampson was born in Jackson, Mississippi. According to Wikipedia…he graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 1951. He then attended Morehouse College in Atlanta before transferring to Purdue University in Indiana where he became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He received a Bachelor’s degree in science from Purdue University in 1956. He graduated with an MS degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961. Mr. 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 African American to earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in the United States.


  1. Williams, Ph.D., Scott. “Physicists of the African diaspora”. Henry Thomas Sampson. SUNY, Buffalo. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. “Gamma-Electric Cell Patent 3591860”. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  3. “press release”. Jackson State University. Retrieved 10 March 2014 has more information


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