Monday November 4, 2002
Research Papers Discredited
CLOVIS --The journal Science retracted
eight of researcher Hendrik Schon's discredited research papers
this week, but the information is still posted on the Internet.
Worse yet, the offending material was still accessible immediately
after the Bell Labs Press Release. However, Bell announced that
it was officially withdrawing six patent applications based on Schon's
research. Schon could not be reached for comment.
An investigative committee has found that
more than a dozen research reports submitted to Bell Labs and posted
on the Bell Web Site by Mr. Schon apparently were based upon falsified
As of this writing, the discredited work
has not been removed from Bell's Web site.
A search of the Web site contained no disclaimer
as of this morning. There are page features one of the research
papers that was retracted from the journal Science.
Schon, for his part, actually was honored
with an "Outstanding Investigator Award" and paid a $3,000
stipend from the Materials Research Society for writing original
research reports on electronic experimental laser, and organic molecular
A spokesperson for Bell Labs, Bill O'Shea,
told reporters that Schon's falsifications were the first scientific
misconduct on record at Bell Labs.
to the Editor
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