Arthur H. Nelson
In forty years of entrepreneurial experience, Arthur Nelson has founded
seventeen diverse entities - a collection of eight corporations and nine
non-profit organizations - ranging from manufacturing, real estate, social
research, education, entrepreneurial studies, communications and civil service.
Since 1952 Arthur Nelson has built his companies around the same foundation, the
application of technology and innovation to solve social problems.
Early 1950's - Nelson founded General Electric Laboratories Inc., Associates for
International Research, Inc. and The Nelson Companies. These organizations
pioneered innovative industry solutions in the fields of electronics, database
systems and commercial real estate.
1965 - Nelson co-founded Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), now a
leader in K-12 math, science and technology research and curriculum development
with over 40 projects nationwide.
1975 - Nelson began bringing new innovations to the commercial real estate world
pioneering the executive office park concept and addressing employee quality of
work life issues. These included the first on-site child care center and
accredited all day kindergarten in an office park in America, a Wellness Center,
a banking and retail shopping center, a luxury hotel and heliport. Today The
Nelson Companies manage over 2.5 million sq.ft. of office, retail real estate.
1976 - Nelson worked with a group of middle school entrepreneurs to establish
the Boston Computer Society, which became the largest computer user organization
in the world with 35,000 members. In 1980 Nelson was one of 10 co-founders of
the Charles River Museum of Industry (CRMI). The museum's mission is to
chronicle the history of innovation in industry and technology.
1987 - Nelson founded Prospect Communications to bring broadband Internet access
to his office park by pioneering a fiber optic network throughout Prospect Hill.
He also co-founded the 128 Business Council in association with Polaroid and GTE
laboratories to plan and coordinate the continuing growth of the Route 128
regions as a premier innovative national technology center.
1996 - Nelson co-founded the Boston Computer Foundation (now known as the
American Computer Foundation) with Dan DiBartolomeo (Northfield Information
Services, Inc.) and Sandra McCarthy (Microsoft New England) to facilitate
universal computer and Internet literacy in America.
1998 - Nelson developed and built The Charles River Public Internet Center, a
walk-in technology education center in Waltham, MA where anyone can have free
access to computers, the Internet and basic technology education.
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