The Idea Factory – The Reinvention of Tech at Bell Works Holmdel NJ

0807161605_HDRThe Bell Labs building has been quiet for 10 years, but in 2016 there is a re-found desire, to make this part of NJ the new tech hub. Companies like ICIMS are getting on board to fill the halls of old Bell Labs – now called Bell Works.

So why is Bell Works seeking tech companies?  The 2 million-square-foot building where Bell Labs scientists helped launch cellular networks is luring companies to work at a complex surrounded by technological history. Bell Labs was home to ingenious minds that contributed to some of the greatest technological advancements of the twentieth century.

This is a place that honors 8 Nobel Prize Winners
Physics – 1937, 1956, 1978, 1997, 1998, 2009
Chemistry – 2014

nobel winners

The two scientists who shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering evidence supporting the Big Bang Theory 50 years ago reunited in Holmdel, at a friendly outdoor celebration attended by past and present colleagues of Bell Labs. 

Arno Penzias and Robert A. Wilson stood together beneath the hulking horn-reflector antenna on Crawford Hill, which they famously employed to detect cosmic microwave background radiation that could help explain the origin of the universe. It is now a national landmark. 

hulking horn

When you come up on the building on Bell Laboratory Road, standing in a field is a 60-foot water tower in the shape of a transistor, an invention born at Bell Labs that launched a computer revolution. Computer software developers are envious if their inventions since this is where UNIX and the C programming language were products of Bell Labs scientists. The halls of Bell works will soon be filled with new scientists and new inventions.

bell labs transistor

Ariel view:

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Bell labs in waiting circa 2012:

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Future Bell Works:



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