A Short History of U.S. Industrial Research & Development, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Organized corporate research efforts began in the chemical dyes industry in Europe in the mid-1800s and soon were launched at a fairly rapid rate in America.  In 1876, at the age of 29, Thomas Alva Edison opened a private laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.  Edison’s efforts led to his record-setting 1,093 U.S. patents, including those for the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb.  Edison’s creativity and drive eventually enabled the birth of what would become the General Electric Company, still one of the world’s premier research and manufacturing organizations.  By 1900, about 40 corporate research facilities were operating in…

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