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Bell Labs Fires Star Physicist Found Guilty of Forging Data

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 30-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.30

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According to a report released 25 September by a panel of independent investigators, Bell Labs physicist Jan Hendrik Schön faked experimental results in at least 17 published papers. Schön had been fired from Bell Labs the previous evening, after officials there received the report. The findings mark this as one of the most extensive cases of scientific misconduct in modern history.