Milestone-Nomination:Bell Telephone Laboratories 1925 - 1984
Docket Number: 2011-03
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Bell Telephone Laboratories 1925-1984
From its founding in 1925, Bell Telephone Laboratories made numerous significant contributions to telecommunications and related fields that led to the information age and the digital era. Some of these contributions include: information theory, systems engineering, digital signal processing, digital transmission and switching, data networking, cellular systems, (800) service, the transistor, solar cell, integrated circuit technology, communication satellites, high capacity undersea cable, touch-tone dialing, voice and video compression, and the Unix operating system.
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In the space below the line, please describe the historic significance of this work: its importance to the evolution of electrical and computer engineering and science and its importance to regional/national/international development.
At its peak, Bell Laboratories was the premier facility of its type, developing a wide range of revolutionary technologies, including radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, information theory, the UNIX operating system, the C programming language and the C++ programming language. Seven Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work completed at Bell Laboratories. 
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Many of the fundamental technological developments at Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1925-1984, such as the transistor, solar cell, networking, information theory, UNIX Operating System, C Programing language, and C++ programming language where crucial in the ushering in the Information Age.
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