Boulder, Colorado, is home to 7 National laboratories, and thousands of scientists.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), is a measurement standards laboratory which is a non-regulatory agency of theUnited States Department of Commerce. In 1942, the citizens of Boulder raised enough money to purchase the 325 Broadway site, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce deeded the land to the Federal government to build the Boulder NBS laboratories. The ground breaking ceremony was attended by then President Dwight Eisenhower. NIST’s Boulder laboratories are best known for NIST-F1, housing an atomic clock.