Session V3: Industrial Physics History

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Thursday, March 13, 2008
Morial Convention Center Room: RO2 - RO3

Sponsoring Unit: FHP
Chair: Gloria B. Lubkin, American Institute of Physics

Abstract ID: BAPS.2008.MAR.V3.2

Abstract: V3.00002 : Reflections on Three Corporate Research Labs: Bell Labs, HP Labs, Agilent Labs

11:51 AM–12:27 PM

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  James Hollenhorst
    (Agilent Technologies)

This will be a personal reflection on corporate life and physics-based research in three industrial research labs over three decades, Bell Labs during the 1980's, HP Labs during the 1990's, and Agilent Labs during the 2000's. These were times of great change in all three companies. I'll point out some of the similarities and differences in corporate cultures and how this impacted the research and development activities. Along the way I'll mention some of the great products that resulted from physics-based R{\&}D.

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