IBM Research - Zurich
|IBM Research GmbH
|Seat||Rüschlikon , Switzerland|
( Managing Director )
|Number of employees||approx. 350|
IBM Research - Zurich (formerly IBM Zurich Research Laboratory ), based in Rüschlikon near Zurich, is IBM's European research center and is supported by IBM Research GmbH . The work of the institute led to groundbreaking inventions. Two discoveries were awarded Nobel Prizes.
The IBM Zurich Research Laboratory was founded in Adliswil in 1956 . It has been in Rüschlikon since 1962.
The laboratory's research won two Nobel Prizes in Physics in the 1980s. Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer received the award in 1986 for their pioneering work on the scanning tunneling microscope . In addition, the Nanotechnology Center on the same site was named after them. Georg Bednorz and Karl Müller were honored in 1987 for their research on high-temperature superconductivity . In addition, technologies such as trellis code modulation for efficient data transmission, hard disk encoding with high data density such as PRML and the token ring network protocol were developed in the laboratory .
In 2011, the “ Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center ” was opened in collaboration between ETH Zurich , EMPA and IBM . It is intended to enable the partners' scientists to conduct research at the atomic level. In the same year the laboratory was renamed from IBM Zurich Research Laboratory to IBM Research - Zurich .
Today around 350 people from more than 30 countries work in the IBM laboratory in Zurich.
- Georg Bednorz (* 1950), physicist, Nobel Prize winner
- Gerd Binnig (* 1947), physicist, Nobel Prize winner
- Karl Alexander Müller (* 1927), physicist, Nobel Prize winner
- Heike E. Riel (* 1971), physicist
- Heinrich Rohrer (1933–2013), physicist, Nobel Prize winner
- Ambros Speiser (1922–2003), engineer, first laboratory director
- Gottfried Ungerböck (* 1940), communications engineer
- Karl-Heinz Rieder (1942–2017), physicist, professor, Free University of Berlin