Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Luminary Alfred Y. Cho Awarded U.S. National Medal of Technology

Pioneer of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) receives the nation's top

technology honor for his contributions to advanced electronics and


Jun 14, 2007, 01:00 ET from Alcatel-Lucent

    PARIS, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris
 and NYSE:   ALU) today announced that Alfred Y. Cho, Adjunct Vice President
 of Semiconductor Research at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, has been chosen as
 a recipient of the 2005 U.S. National Medal of Technology. The U.S.
 National Medal of Technology is the highest honor awarded by the President
 of the United States for technological innovation. This is the eighth time
 Bell Labs and its scientists have received this award.
     Cho, a 39-year veteran of Bell Labs, is being recognized for his
 contributions to the invention of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and his
 continuing work to refine it into a commercial process. MBE 'grows' ordered
 materials one atomic layer at a time, allowing engineering of the highly
 precise semiconductor components needed for advanced electronics and
 photonics. This technology has enabled many of the advanced devices
 critical to the modern electronic age including RF switches and front-end
 and power amplifiers in cell phones, and the semiconductor lasers used in
 today's compact disc players and CD-ROM drives.
     "The impact of MBE cannot be understated. Al's invention makes it
 possible to produce materials that cannot be duplicated by nature or
 fabricated using any other known technique," said Jeong Kim,
 Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs President. "MBE is used today not only for
 everyday applications but is also critical for advanced research, done by
 Alcatel-Lucent's research teams and other research laboratories, into areas
 as diverse as topological quantum computing, multilayer crystal growth, and
 radically new devices such as high-speed transistors, microwave devices,
 laser diodes and detectors. Decades before anyone was talking about
 'nanotechnology', Al Cho was making it a reality."
     Cho holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from
 the University of Illinois. He joined Bell Labs in 1968. He is a member of
 the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering,
 as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of
 Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Academy of Arts and
     He also received the National Medal of Science in 1993, the American
 Physical Society International Prize for New Materials in 1982, the Solid
 State Science and Technology Medal of the Electrochemical Society in 1987,
 the World Materials Congress Award of ASM International in 1988, the Gaede-
 Langmuir Award of the American Vacuum Society in 1988, the Industrial
 Research Institute Achievement Award of the Industrial Research Institute,
 Inc., in 1988, the New Jersey Governor's Thomas Alva Edison Science Award
 in 1990, and the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1994.
     He received the 1990 International Crystal Growth Award of the American
 Association for Crystal Growth, the 1994 Von Hippel Award of the Materials
 Research Society, the 1995 Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute,
 and the 1995 Computers & Communications Prize of the C&C Foundation, Japan.
     Bell Labs was the first organization to be honored with a U.S. Medal of
 Technology, cited in 1985 for "contributions over decades to modern
 communications systems." Since then, several other outstanding innovators
 from Bell Labs have been awarded the medal, including:
     -- Arun Netravali (2002) for pioneering contributions in digital image and
        video compression technology.
     -- Kenneth Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (1998) for creating the UNIX
        operating system and C Language.
     -- Richard H. Frenkiel and Joel S. Engel (1994) for their fundamental
        contributions to the theory, design, and development of cellular mobile
        communications systems.
     -- Amos Joel (1993) For his vision, inventiveness and perseverance in
        introducing technological advances in telecommunications, particularly
        in switching, that have had a major impact on the evolution of the
        telecommunications industry in the U.S. and worldwide.
     -- W. Lincoln Hawkins (1992) For his invention and contribution to the
        commercialization of long-lived plastic coatings for communications
        cable that has saved billions of dollars for telephone companies around
        the world; and for his leadership in encouraging minorities to pursue
        science and engineering careers.
     -- John S. Mayo (1990) for providing the technological foundation for
        information age communications and for overseeing the conversion of the
        national switched telephone network from analog to digital-based
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