Where the avant-garde meets the rear guard.
Once one of the GreatResearchLabs
, the most important research laboratory for ThePhoneCompany?
(AT&T) when it was a monopoly, now part of Lucent Technologies.
Historically, the source of much important research, including InformationTheory
due to ClaudeShannon
, the transistor, high-temperature superconductors, wireless communications, and lots more.
It was one of the best GeekCentral?
s in the world.
This is where the InventorsOfUnix
and the UnixOperatingSystem
, among other things, and later PlanNineFromBellLabs
Also the place where BjarneStroustrup
The golden age of BellLabs
seems to be over. With Lucent's troubles during the telecom meltdown, researchers have been leaving at a shocking pace. The spin off of Avaya and the microelectronics division further fragmented what remained after AT&T Labs and Bellcore were split off. BrianKernighan
joined the faculty at Princeton, though at BellLabs
once a week and during the summers. KenThompson
left at the end of November 2001(?). The mood among those remaining (of which I'm currently one) is that it's the end of an era.
And listen to the BellLabs
A collection of interesting papers authored at Bell Labs can be found at http://doc.cat-v.org/bell_labs/