Nobel Prizes won
Billion for 2012 (approx. 16% of sales)
7 Nobel Prizes won by 12 Bell Labs researchers
|Bell Labs Research
Centers||USA, France, Belgium, Germany,
Ireland, India, and South Korea
|BellLabs Patents||More than
30,700 Active Patents in total
Papers||400+publications and conference papers
|BellLabs CollaborationStandards Activities||With more than 200
partners around the world
With more than 250 universities and research
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
|Bell Labs Technology
Showcase||Permanent exhibit celebrating Bell Labs'
spirit of innovation and scientific excellence.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Philip W. Anderson shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for developing an improved
understanding of the electronic structure of glass and magnetic materials.
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
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
- The 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) and 3GPP2
- The TIS Broadband Forum
- The European Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption for Broadband
- 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)