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R&D Investment
Nobel Prizes won
Euro 2.3 Billion for 2012 (approx. 16% of sales)
7 Nobel Prizes won by 12 Bell Labs researchers
Bell Labs Research CentersUSA, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, India, and South Korea
BellLabs PatentsMore than 30,700 Active Patents in total
Bell Labs Papers400+publications and conference papers
BellLabs CollaborationStandards ActivitiesWith more than 200 partners around the world
With more than 250 universities and research institutions
Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs participate in approximately 100 standards organizations, making contributions to more than 200 different working groups. We hold leadership positions in many of the most influential standards bodies.
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Bell Labs Major Centers – Research Locations

Bell Labs has headquarters in Murray Hill, NJ, and is the research organization within Alcatel-Lucent. It is a global organization with teams in Asia, Europe, and North America, including: Murray Hill, NJ, USA; Holmdel, NJ, USA: Villarceaux, France; Antwerp, Belgium; Stuttgart, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Bangalore, India; Seoul, South Korea.

Recent Recognition and Commendations

Each year, Bell Labs researchers are recognized for their achievements by institutions, academies, professional societies and governments around the world. Some of the most recent recognition includes:

  • 2013 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
    Andy Chraplyvy
    and Bob Tkach will receive the 2013 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in June for contributions to the science and technology for optical communications enabling high-speed wavelength division multiplexing through the mitigation of the effects of fiber nonlinearity.
  • 2013 IEEE Edison Medal
    Ivan P. Kaminow
    will be awarded the IEEE Edison Medal for pioneering, life-long contributions to and leadership in photonic devices and networks instrumental to global high-capacity optical networks.
  • 2012 U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame
    C. Kumar Patel was inducted into the NIHoF for his patent: “Carbon Dioxide Laser Operating Upon a Vibrational-Rotational Transition.” Because of its high output power, the CO2 laser is used frequently in industrial applications that require cutting and welding.
  • 2011 Japan Prize for UNIX®
    Dr. Dennis Ritchie and Kenneth Thompson were honored with the 2011 Japan Prize in information and communications for developing the UNIX® operating system (OS), and the C programming language for use on UNIX, significantly advancing computer software, hardware and networks over the past four decades, and facilitating the realization of the Internet.
  • 2011 World Technology Network Award
    Gabriel Charlet, research manager in Bell Labs Optical Networks Domain in Villarceaux, France, was awarded the 2011 World Technology Award by the World Technology Network for “innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.” He has also been named a WTN Fellow. The World Technology Awards have been called the “Oscars” of the technology world.
  • 2010 New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame
    Researchers Andrew Chraplyvy, Robert Tkach, Kenneth Walker, Leonard Cimini and Michael Tompsett were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their significant contributions made in Optical transmission.

Nobel Prize in Physics

Twelve researchers have received Nobel Prizes for work done while they were at Bell Labs. The Nobel Prize is the world's most coveted award in intellectual achievement. Categories for awards are physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics. The awards honor Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist and philanthropist. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry since 1901.

Charge-Coupled Device (2009)
Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith, for their invention and development of the charge-coupled device (CCD), a technology that transforms patterns of light into useful digital information. The device is widely used in digital cameras, video cameras, modern astronomy, video conferencing and much more.

Fractional Quantum Hall Effect (1998)
Horst Stormer, now at Columbia University and Adjunct Vice President at Bell Labs, and Daniel Tsui, now research professor at Boston College, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery and explanation of the fractional quantum Hall effect.

Optical Trapping (1997)
Steven Chu, now head of the US Dept of Energy, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. He was cited for developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.

Radio Astronomy (1978)
Arno A. Penzias and Robert W. Wilson shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Penzias and Wilson were cited for their discovery of faint background radiation remaining from the "big bang" explosion that gave birth to the universe billions of years ago.

Improved Understanding of Local Electronic States in Solids (1977)
Philip W. Anderson shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for developing an improved understanding of the electronic structure of glass and magnetic materials.

Transistor (1956)
John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley received the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the transistor in 1947.

Wave Nature of Matter (1937)
Clinton J. Davisson shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for demonstrating the wave nature of matter. His fundamental work is part of the foundation for much of today's solid-state electronics.

Five other scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics who once worked at Bell Labs.


Representatives of our R&D community play leading roles in telecommunication standards bodies, helping foster and steer the development and advancement of key technologies and eco-sustainability initiatives. Researchers, engineers and developers from Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent’s development teams participated in many dozens of standards organizations and an even greater number of working groups such as:

  • The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • The IEEE Technical Sub-Committee on Green Telecommunications and Computing
  • The 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) and 3GPP2
  • The TIS Broadband Forum
  • The European Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption for Broadband Equipment
  • China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
  • The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
  • The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
  • The Open IPTV Forum
  • The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)