IBM Almaden Research Center

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Coordinates: 37°12′40″N 121°48′18″W / 37.211°N 121.805°W / 37.211; -121.805

The IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California

The IBM Almaden Research Center is in Almaden Valley, San Jose, California, and is one of IBM's twelve[1] worldwide research labs that form IBM Research.[2] Its scientists perform basic and applied research in computer science, services, storage systems, physical sciences, and materials science and technology.[3] The center opened in 1986, and continues the research started in San Jose more than fifty years ago. Nearly all of Almaden’s approximately 500 research employees are in technical functions and more than half of these hold Ph.D.s. The lab is home to ten IBM Fellows, ten IBM Distinguished Engineers, nine IBM Master Inventors and seventeen members of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Almaden is located at 650 Harry Road on nearly 700 acres (2.8 km2) of land in the hills above Silicon Valley. The site was chosen because of its close proximity to Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and other collaborative academic institutions. Research at the lab is organized into four areas: Science and Technology, Computer Science, Storage Systems, and Service Research.

IBM opened its first West Coast research centre, the San Jose Research Laboratory in 1952, managed by Reynold B. Johnson. Amongst its first developments was the IBM 350, the first commercial moving head hard disk drive. Launched in 1956, this saw use in the IBM 305 RAMAC computer system. Subdivisions included the Advanced Systems Development Division.[4] Directors of the center include hard disc drive developer Jack Harker.

Prompted by a need for additional space, the center moved to its present Almaden location in 1986.

Scientists at the IBM Almaden center have contributed to several scientific discoveries such as the development of photoresists[5] and the quantum mirage effect.[6]


  1. ^ "IBM Research - Almaden". Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
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  3. ^ "Gathering of the Most Brilliant Minds in Energy Storage to Take Place". AZOM. June 23, 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guide to the Harwood G. Kolsky Papers" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  5. ^ "IBM Research Demonstrates Path for Extending Current Chip-Making Technique". Web Wire. February 20, 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "IBM Scientists Discover Nanotech Communication Method". Science Daily. Feb 7, 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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