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NIST at 100: Foundations for Progress

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For 100 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has helped to keep U.S. technology at the leading edge. Over the years, NIST has made solid contributions to image processing, DNA diagnostic "chips," smoke detectors, and automated error-correcting software for machine tools. NIST also has had major impact on atomic clocks, X-ray standards for mammography, scanning tunneling microscopy, pollution-control technology, and high-speed dental drills.

Founded on March 3, 1901, as the National Bureau of Standards, NIST was one of the first federal research laboratories. NIST's major accomplishments of the past 100 years and their impact on industry, science and technology, the nation's economy, and the public—are described in "NIST at 100: Foundations for Progress" pages that follow. You also will find a sampling of the impacts NIST has had on industry, science, consumers, technology, and national security; NIST's role in baseball over the years and letters from various individuals congratulating NIST on its 100 years.


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Created July 22, 2013, Updated February 14, 2023