Where's Bell Labs? Its President Responds

In reading this story, Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs?, I was dismayed to learn that Bell Labs "is essentially gone." As the President of Bell Labs, I can assure you that this is not the case. The author—who never contacted us—alleges that Bell Labs has shrunk from an organization 30,000 strong in 2001 to its current roster of 1,000, but this is an apples-to-oranges comparison: the 30,000 number included not only research scientists, but all of what was then Lucent Technologies' development resources. The actual number of researchers at that time was 1,500. In fact at no time during its entire history did Bell Labs employ more than 3,200 researchers.

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