Nov. 2005 — HP Labs has been named by Scientific American magazine as a Business Leader within the 2005 Scientific American 50 – the magazine's prestigious annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year.
HP Labs was honored for its contributions in building nanoscale circuits, including a technology called the crossbar latch which could replace the transistor – the fundamental building block of computers for the last half century – leading to a new way to construct computers in the future. The work is being pursued by the Quantum Science Research (QSR) group in HP Labs, led by Stan Williams, HP Senior Fellow and director of the organization.
This is the second time in four years that QSR has been honored. In 2002 – the first year the Scientific American 50 was announced – Williams, Phil Kuekes and Yong Chen were cited as Research Leaders in Manufacturing for their work in advancing molecular electronics and nanoimprint lithography, a revolutionary new way to fabricate computer chips.
It is believed that this is the first time Scientific American has honored the same group twice.
Selected by the magazine's Board of Editors with the help of distinguished outside advisors, the Scientific American 50 spotlights research, business and policy achievements in a wide variety of fields. The list will be published in the magazine's December issue, arriving on newsstands Nov. 22. The list may also be accessed at www.sciam.com.
"The Scientific American 50 is our annual opportunity to salute the people and organizations worldwide whose research, policy or business leadership has played a major role in bringing about the science and technology innovations that are improving the way we live and offer the greatest hope for the future," said John Rennie, Scientific American editor-in-chief.
"We are delighted to be honored again for our work and to join the prestigious group that constitutes the Scientific American 50," said Williams, who, along with Kuekes and Greg Snider, authored a major article on crossbar nanocomputers in the magazine's November edition. "This award helps recognize HP's commitment to research that we believe will have a fundamental impact on computing in the future."