New Haven is Built on Innovation
One year after it was founded in 1638, New Haven laid out eight streets in a grid of four streets by four streets, creating the Nine Square plan that has been recognized as a National Historic Planning Landmark by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
In 1718, Yale was established in New Haven. It has since become a laboratory for intellectual innovation and a factory for commercial innovators. Scores of companies have spun out of Yale through the years.
In 1876, New Haven became the first city in the world to install a telephone switch.
In 1906, Yale graduate Lee DeForest invented the triode, a radio vacuum tube that helped to amplify radio reception, earning him the nickname "Father of the Electronic Age."
In 1949, Yale medical student William H. Sewell Jr. built a mechanical pump to reroute blood flow to and from the heart.
In the 1990s, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven designed the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers, using a revolutionary design of reinforced concrete.
This year, the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven will open, dedicated to the concept of fast-tracking laboratory discoveries to advance clinical patient care.
The spirit of innovation permeates the city’s business community with an appreciation for new ideas, an openness to fresh talent and a willingness to try new approaches. It is one reason why New Haven remains a thought leader in the biosciences, architecture, technology and manufacturing.
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