The First Corporate Pure Science Research Laboratory
“Think” was at the core of Watson’s being.
In 1944, he established the Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory at Columbia University, the first corporate laboratory dedicated to pure scientific research.
There, a handful of scientists used machines previously dedicated to accounting to investigate everything from atomic fission to the orbit of the moon.
Embedding IBM within a university helped to develop a diverse new field of thinkers.
Today, eight IBM labs work with government and university research labs worldwide.
This new model of “collaboratories” allows the company to stretch its budget and access some of the best minds on the planet.