IBM Research - Zurich

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IBM Research GmbH

legal form GmbH
founding 1956
Seat Rüschlikon , Switzerland
management Alessandro Curioni
( Managing Director )
Number of employees approx. 350
Branch research

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 2003 the research laboratory was spun off into a GmbH and since then has formed an independent legal entity under the Swiss Code of Obligations . However, IBM remains the sole owner.

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.


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Coordinates: 47 ° 18 '35 "  N , 8 ° 32' 40"  E ; CH1903:  683617  /  240460