Nov. 2005 -- Researchers in molecular electronics at HP Labs, already
the recipients of more than a half-dozen awards, have been
honored by The Wall Street Journal and by Small Times magazine.
The Wall Street Journal gave a runner-up Global Technology
Innovation Award in its semiconductor category to the team's
molecular crossbar latch, a technology that may be able
to replace transistors – the fundamental building
blocks of computers for the past 40 years – leading
to a new way to build computers in the future.
In addition, Phil Kuekes, senior computer architect, was
named Best of Small Tech researcher of the year award by
the nanotechnology publication Small Times for his contributions
to the crossbar latch and other advances.
Kuekes accepted the award at the publication’s NanoCommerce
conference in Chicago Nov. 2.
Worldwide nomination process
The Wall Street Journal solicited nominations from all
over the world through advertisements in the paper and through
the Innovation Awards Web site. The newspaper received some
750 applications from approximately two dozen countries.
Applicants completed a rigorous form that requested extensive
details relating to their entry and why it constituted a
Wall Street Journal editors then screened the applications
and selected 104 semifinalists. Journal editors looked
for innovativeness, clarity of explanation and whether
the innovation was covered by patents or had achieved some
kind of track record.
"Innovation is the key for any company to have continued
success, and through these awards The Wall Street Journal
recognizes these technological breakthroughs throughout
the world," said Karen Elliott House, Journal publisher
and senior vice president, Dow Jones & Company. "This
year's winners showed the creative thinking that has allowed
them to rise to the top of their respective industries."
This is the third award from a publication for the quantum science team
this year. In September, Computerworld gave the group an honorable mention
Horizon Award for "molecular-scale cross-bar electronics." The
Horizon Awards program was designed to honor the developers of potentially
important new information technologies. Nominations were collected -- from
PR agencies, public and private companies and industry experts -- on the
Computerworld web site throughout the month of June. An outside panel of
CIO judges reviewed the nominations, and final selections were made.
Previous honors for HP Labs' quantum scientists and their work include:
• The Scientific American 50, 2002
Industry Week, technology and innovation awards, 2002
MIT Technology Review, "5 patents that will transform business and
Feynman Prize in nanotechnology, 2000
Nature magazine, "molecular movers and shakers," 2000
Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, 2000
Phil Kuekes, Senior Computer Architect