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Who We Are

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow.

We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between.

Research Themes

Energy Security: Blazing innovative trails toward a sustainable future powered by solar, wind, hydrogen, and other renewable sources

Photon Sciences: Focusing ultra-bright light to reveal the structures of materials critically important to biology, technology, and more

QCD Matter: Colliding subatomic particles to recreate matter from the dawn of time, and study the force that gives shape to visible matter in the universe today

Physics of the Universe: Exploring cosmic mysteries across the smallest and largest scales imaginable, from neutrinos to dark energy

Climate, Environment, & Biosciences: Mapping climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and plant biology to protect our planet’s future

Management & Leadership

Brookhaven Lab is one of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates , which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

Doon Gibbs currently serves as Laboratory Director. Lab senior leadership / Org chart.

Partner with Us

We are committed to longstanding partnerships with researchers, academic institutions, industry, students, teachers and neighbors in our community.

Ways to partner with Brookhaven

Brookhaven and the Community

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Economic Contributions

Brookhaven Lab is the only national lab located in the Northeast and one of New York State’s largest centers of scientific research, and we place special emphasis on growing the technology-based elements of the Long Island economy. The future competitiveness of New York’s economy depends on its capacity for innovation, and Brookhaven represents a uniquely valuable resource—both as a major science-based enterprise in its own right, and as a source of discoveries that drive entrepreneurs and innovators. Read more about our economic impact.

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Brookhaven integrates sustainable operations and environmental stewardship into all facets of its research and operations. We are committed to managing our programs in a manner that protects the local ecosystem and public health. Read more about our sustainability efforts.

Visit Us

From public concerts to tours of cutting-edge scientific facilities, there are great reasons to come to Brookhaven. Find out more about visiting us.

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Education Programs

The Lab offers extensive research and education opportunities for elementary school students through post-doctoral fellows, as well as professional development programs for teachers. Brookhaven will always encourage and promote the sciences and open its doors to students and educators. Find out more about our various education programs.

History and Awards

Opened in 1947 on the former site of the U.S. military’s Camp Upton, Brookhaven National Lab’s initial mission centered on the peaceful exploration of the atom. Particle accelerators, leading chemistry and biology experiments, and a host of visionary scientists soon joined groundbreaking research reactors, and Brookhaven began endless innovations and explorations. Our scientists have discovered subatomic particles, new forms of matter, and pioneered the kinds of technology that fuel leading experimental programs all over the world.

Our research has also led to life-saving medical imaging techniques that have revolutionized diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Brookhaven research has been honored by seven Nobel Prizes, as well as National Medals of Science, Enrico Fermi Awards, Wolf Foundation Prizes, dozens of R&D 100 awards, and many other recognitions.

AwardsHistory of Discovery
Raymond Davis recieves Nobel Prize

BNL's Raymond Davis Jr. receives the Nobel prize.