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Black scientists at Bell Labs

In the 20th century, Bell Labs was a renowned industrial research lab in the US, known as the birthplace of the transistor and for the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation. It was also home to a 40-year minority outreach programme that went on to create a generation of Black scientists. What can initiatives today learn from the success of this fellowship?

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The author thanks W. Wilson for drawing our attention to the CRFP, and to A. Johnson, N. Mason, W. Massey, J. West and J. Martin for useful discussions.

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Anirban, A. Black scientists at Bell Labs. Nat Rev Phys 4, 424–426 (2022).

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