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mrpayroll
12-01-06, 04:39 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061130/ap_on_hi_te/alcatel_lucent_bell_labs_3

Bell Labs' history of inventions

By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer
Thu Nov 30, 4:42 PM ET


TRENTON, N.J. - It's the birthplace of the transistor, the laser, the solar cell and the fax machine. Its researchers were the first to hear the echoes of the Big Bang. And now this American legend is part of a French company.

Bell Labs was founded in 1925 as the research arm of AT&T's national telephone business. Sixty years later, it was spun off as part of Lucent Technologies Inc., which on Thursday was acquired by Paris-based Alcatel SA.

Murray Hill-based Bell Labs employs about 9,000 researchers and engineers in seven countries, down from a peak of 24,000 in 1998 before Lucent drastically downsized.

Its scientists have collectively have won six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. Medals of Science, seven U.S. Medals of Technology, two Draper Prizes and a Grammy award, for many achievements in sound technology.

The lab has been granted 32,031 U.S. patents, 15,000 of which are still active.

A look at some key advances:

_1925: First demonstration of a facsimile machine sending pictures over telephone wires.

_1926: First synchronization system for sound movies.

_1927: First long-distance television transmission, sending live images of President Hoover from Washington, D.C., to New York.

_1937: First electronic speech synthesizer (re-created human speech).

_1939: First binary digital computer.

_1947: John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley invent the transistor, leading to the electronic-age of portable radios, touchtone phones, computer microchips and color and high-definition television; they share 1956 Nobel Prize.

_1951: Direct dialing of domestic long-distance calls.

_1954: Solar battery cell to convert sunlight into electricity.

_1956: First transatlantic telephone cable, handling up to 36 calls.

_1958: Arthur Schawlow and brother-in-law Charles Townes invent the laser (short for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation), now used in fiber-optic communications networks and as a cutting tool in surgery and industry. Each later won a Nobel related to the research.

_1962: Demonstrated cellular technology, tested the first paging system, produced the first orbiting communications satellite (Telstar I) and invented light-emitting diodes, now widely used in imaging systems.

_1965: Arno Penzias and Bob Wilson stumble upon cosmetic background radiation while using a highly sensitive "horn antenna" in radio astronomy experiments; they win 1978 Nobel Prize. The static noise they heard was the strongest evidence supporting the Edwin Hubble/George Lemaitre theory the universe was created in a "Big Bang" explosion.

_1969: UNIX operating system, software that made open computer systems possible and became the Internet's foundation.

_1979: Digital signal processor, enabling cellular phones and modems.

_1980: Digital cell phone technology.

_1988: First fiber-optic transatlantic cable, handling up to 40,000 phone calls at once.

_1992: Invented compression technology needed for digital radio.

_1995: First prototype system supporting wireless Internet.

_1998: First switch allowing Internet telephone traffic, faster Internet access.

_2005: First Internet Protocol transmission at 100 gigabits per second, 10 times the current speed and critical for future services such as IPTV.

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Source: Lucent Technologies Inc.

___

On the Net:

http://www.bell-labs.com


I bolded what I think are ground breaking inventions that came out of this company. Has any other company in the world come close to these types of discoveries that have changed the world?

Chris

al_bundy
12-01-06, 04:46 PM
Craig Venter's new company is doing some good work. The last one he started also did a few good things.

IDrinkMolson
12-01-06, 05:03 PM
I would think DuPont would be a contender.

Pistol Pete
12-01-06, 05:05 PM
Unfortunately Lucent (Bell Labs) is a pale shadow of its former self. RIP.

shaun3000
12-01-06, 05:16 PM
I would think DuPont would be a contender.
That or 3M.

The Bus
12-01-06, 05:18 PM
That Yahoo article was a nice summary of the PR piece sent out. Bravo, new journalists.

mrpayroll
12-01-06, 05:19 PM
That or 3M.

I would be interested in seeing what they are responsible for.

Sure IBM has the most patents of any company that has existed, but are they not based mostly on the computer industry, which exists because of Bell Labs?

Chris

mrpayroll
12-01-06, 05:19 PM
That Yahoo article was a nice summary of the PR piece sent out. Bravo, new journalists.

As long as it is all true, does it matter? ;)

Chris

The Bus
12-01-06, 05:24 PM
I would be interested in seeing what they are responsible for.

Sticky notes.

Sticky notes used today: 2
<s>Lycra jumpsuits worn today: 6</s>
Lasers used today: 3

<s>DuPont</s> Lucent wins!

The Bus
12-01-06, 05:27 PM
http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/l/lu

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/d/dd

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/m/mmm

3M Wins!

mrpayroll
12-01-06, 05:34 PM
http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/l/lu

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/d/dd

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/m/mmm

3M Wins!

Tell me about it. My mom has stock in Lucentl and it's all in the dumps since 2000. :lol:

Chris

The Bus
12-01-06, 05:35 PM
3M: http://www.rpmdiecast.com/ProductImages/910.jpg (Bush League)

Lucent: N/A

DuPont: http://www.rcfinders.com/jeffgordon/jeff-gordon.jpg

Winner: DuPont

ChiTownAbs, Inc
12-01-06, 05:39 PM
No love for Disney?

mrpayroll
12-01-06, 06:13 PM
No love for Disney?

I hate Disney....

oh wait a minute,

I work for Disney! :D

Chris

The Edit King
12-01-06, 06:38 PM
http://www.jefflawlor.com/ThreesCompany/ThreeRising.gif

Kudama
12-01-06, 08:35 PM
All these companies pale before the glorious radiance that is NETFLIX!!!

Kittydreamer
12-01-06, 08:39 PM
All these companies pale before the glorious radiance that is NETFLIX!!!

Thanks, I'll let my boss know. ;)

mrpayroll
12-01-06, 08:40 PM
http://www.jefflawlor.com/ThreesCompany/ThreeRising.gif

I'll take Chrissy.... :eyebrow:

you can have Janet

Chris

mikehunt
12-01-06, 08:41 PM
faxes are that old?
holy crap

gui and mouse are xerox inventions, that they stupidly sold off thinking they were worthless

crazyronin
12-01-06, 08:43 PM
http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/l/lu

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/d/dd

http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/c/my/m/mmm

3M Wins!

Go Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing! :thumbsup:

lordwow
12-02-06, 12:48 AM
It's still way too early to say, but Google is off to a good start.

edstein
12-02-06, 02:10 AM
Greatest invention of all time.

Brown 25 from Urans Corp.

Tracer Bullet
12-02-06, 10:50 AM
Come on Bus... I know why you're really pushing DuPont.

wendersfan
12-02-06, 11:12 AM
Greatest company of all time?:

http://www.productwiki.com/upload/images/fender_logo.gif

I can't imagine how different my life would be had Leo Fender not been born.

The Edit King
12-02-06, 04:51 PM
If I had to seriously choose one, I'd choose COSTCO, hands down. :up: (...but thumbs up! :lol: )

They have the GREATEST Customer Service...

The GREATEST Return Policies...

GREAT Products...

...not to mention, the NICEST FOLKS this side of the Pacos!

They are simply the #1 GREATEST company IN THE WORLD to me.

Costco = http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gif :up: & :up:

-Paul

bhk
12-02-06, 06:32 PM
WMT:

Bringing millions of people cheap goods. Bringing economic upliftment to many 3rd world countries, all while telling the unions in this country to f-off.

al_bundy
12-02-06, 07:58 PM
If I had to seriously choose one, I'd choose COSTCO, hands down. :up: (...but thumbs up! :lol: )

They have the GREATEST Customer Service...

The GREATEST Return Policies...

GREAT Products...

...not to mention, the NICEST FOLKS this side of the Pacos!

They are simply the #1 GREATEST company IN THE WORLD to me.

Costco = http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gif :up: & :up:

-Paul

must be california costco's. NYC costco's are the worst shopping experience you can have. the place is like a cult. one time i went there when they first opened and had trouble finding parking.

al_bundy
12-02-06, 08:01 PM
It's still way too early to say, but Google is off to a good start.


google is a good company, but it's more hype than anything else. the search is pretty good, but not great. we all know they play with their algorithm for political ideals and for cash from customers.

and their non-search products are usually behind the competition. i forgot the name of the CEO, but I think he is going to get a second ass whipping from Microsoft.

The Edit King
12-02-06, 10:34 PM
must be california costco's. NYC costco's are the worst shopping experience you can have. the place is like a cult. one time i went there when they first opened and had trouble finding parking.Say it isn't so! :(the place is like a cultOH, MAN! That's funny! :up: & :lol:

I guess the ones out here are really a cut above, or maybe I just haven't struck out with them yet, because I (for one, at the very least) have Never had anything but Top notch-Superior service and nothing but good things to say about 'em.

Sorry to hear you had such bad experiences.

mrpayroll
12-03-06, 12:41 AM
Guys, guys, guys (and girls)

I'm talking about a company that has made more life changing and quality of life enhancing discoveries than any other company.

I would think a company that created the telephone (kind of), computers, transistors, lasers, etc. etc. is probably the greatest company of all time, at making our lives easier(?). ;)
Chris

The Edit King
12-03-06, 01:55 AM
All righty then, chris! :up:

How about:

http://www.ge.com/images/monogram.gif

"From jet engines to power generation, financial services to plastics, and medical imaging to news and information, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into leading products and services that help solve some of the world's toughest problems.

GE traces its beginnings to Thomas A. Edison, who established Edison Electric Light Company in 1878. In 1892, a merger of Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Electric Company created General Electric Company. GE is the only company listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Index today that was also included in the original index in 1896. For more information, please visit our fact sheet.

GE makes a wide range of products for the home and business. For home items such as Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Home Comfort and Safety, and Lighting, visit our Home Products page. For business products and services such as Automotive, Aviation, Commercial, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, Security, and Transportation, visit our Business Products page."

We Bring Good Things to Life. (http://www.ge.com/en/company/)

-Paul

mrpayroll
12-03-06, 10:55 AM
All righty then, chris! :up:

How about:

http://www.ge.com/images/monogram.gif

"From jet engines to power generation, financial services to plastics, and medical imaging to news and information, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into leading products and services that help solve some of the world's toughest problems.

GE traces its beginnings to Thomas A. Edison, who established Edison Electric Light Company in 1878. In 1892, a merger of Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Electric Company created General Electric Company. GE is the only company listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Index today that was also included in the original index in 1896. For more information, please visit our fact sheet.

GE makes a wide range of products for the home and business. For home items such as Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Home Comfort and Safety, and Lighting, visit our Home Products page. For business products and services such as Automotive, Aviation, Commercial, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, Security, and Transportation, visit our Business Products page."

We Bring Good Things to Life. (http://www.ge.com/en/company/)

-Paul

Well of course electricity IS the most important thing of all, because these great inventions wouldn't work of course. :lol:

Chris

NotThatGuy
12-03-06, 11:04 AM
They made the 'think tank' viable. Bell Labs was the mecca for TT's. My ideal job would involve a certain amount of TT stuff....very cool.

-p

al_bundy
12-03-06, 11:05 AM
All righty then, chris! :up:

How about:

http://www.ge.com/images/monogram.gif

"From jet engines to power generation, financial services to plastics, and medical imaging to news and information, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into leading products and services that help solve some of the world's toughest problems.

GE traces its beginnings to Thomas A. Edison, who established Edison Electric Light Company in 1878. In 1892, a merger of Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Electric Company created General Electric Company. GE is the only company listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Index today that was also included in the original index in 1896. For more information, please visit our fact sheet.

GE makes a wide range of products for the home and business. For home items such as Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Home Comfort and Safety, and Lighting, visit our Home Products page. For business products and services such as Automotive, Aviation, Commercial, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, Security, and Transportation, visit our Business Products page."

We Bring Good Things to Life. (http://www.ge.com/en/company/)

-Paul


i think GE is the greatest company ever because they are alway reinventing themselves as times change. most companies complain how they can't compete or whatever, GE just changes. They have taken a lot of heat during Jack Welch's time but the company is stronger than ever.

Kittydreamer
12-03-06, 11:43 AM
Hey...I stand by my answer, thank you very much.

http://www.torpac.com/images/bmbarbie.jpg

Infidel plays with Barbies!!!! :lol: ;)

NotThatGuy
12-03-06, 12:26 PM
The Mattel company makes many products other than the Barbie doll.
..like the barbie car and ken?

-p

Nick Danger
12-03-06, 12:30 PM
United Fruit Company.

Bell Labs and Edison Electric merely invented stuff. The United Fruit Company replaced national governments so we could get tasty bananas and pineapples!

Other contenders include British Petroleum and the Dutch East India Company.

The Infidel
12-03-06, 12:32 PM
I deleted my original answer and other posts. Sorry for trying to inject a small amount of humor. Carry on.

The Edit King
12-03-06, 01:55 PM
OH, COME ON INFIDEL, don't be that way! -rolleyes- & -ohbfrank-

Your stuff WAS funny and "I" LIKED IT! :up:

Please bring back your toys and play with us. :lol:

The Edit King
12-03-06, 01:59 PM
United Fruit Company.

Bell Labs and Edison Electric merely invented stuff. The United Fruit Company replaced national governments so we could get tasty bananas and pineapples!All right, FINE. :mad:

The next time your heart stops, rub a couple pineapples on your chest and stick a banana down your throat! :lol:

(??? :confused: )

INVENTIONS...GOOD! :frankie:

DR. THEEKENSTEIN! :eek:

mrpayroll
12-03-06, 06:41 PM
I deleted my original answer and other posts. Sorry for trying to inject a small amount of humor. Carry on.

As the CEO of 'The Greatest Company of All Time', I order you to reinstate your humorous postings! :mad:

Chris