Scientist Jan Schoen doctored his experimental data to get publicity in scientific community.
Science isn’t always discovered but sometimes made up.
Scams in science have a long history.
Bell Lab scientist Jan Schoen is one such example of ‘data invention’.
Ill-famed as Schoen Scandal.
Schoen received his Ph.D. from University of Konstanz working in condensed matter physics & nanotech.
He was hired by Bell Labs, New Jersey in 1997.
The semiconductor materials project was assigned to him in that lab.
On-off feature of organic materials, superconductivity demo, transistor thin-layer setup were some breakthrough discoveries, claimed by him.
Between 2000 & 2001, reputed journal pair Nature & Science published 7 & 9 articles respectively, submitted by Schoen.
For those breakthroughs, he was awarded a handful of prestigious awards, like Otto-Klung-Weberbank Prize.
But J. Hsu & L. Loo pointed out flaws in his publications while filing a patent.
When Nature reached out to Schoen, he hardly had any legit explanation.
Over the next couple of years, prominent scientists pointed out countless flaws in his results.
An investigation by Bell labs found 16 instances of data forgery & Schoen acknowledged that afterward.
In 2004, U Konstanz revoked his Ph.D. citing ‘dishonorable conduct’.