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Wolfram Research, Inc.
IndustryComputer software, Publishing, Research and Development
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)
FounderStephen Wolfram, Theodore Gray
Champaign, Illinois (worldwide headquarters)
Oxfordshire, UK
Tokyo, Japan
with additional locations in Bangalore, India, Lima, Peru, Linköping, Sweden, Paris, France, and Somerville, Massachusetts.
Key people
Stephen Wolfram (President & CEO); Conrad Wolfram (Director of Strategic Development & Wolfram Research Europe Limited CEO)
ProductsWolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Workbench, gridMathematica, webMathematica, Wolfram Alpha, SystemModeler, Wolfram Programming Lab, Wolfram One, Wolfram Engine for Developers, Function Repository, Neural Network Repository, Data Repository
OwnerPrivately held
Number of employees
DivisionsWolfram Media Inc., Wolfram Research Europe Ltd. in the United Kingdom, Wolfram Research Asia Ltd. in Japan and Wolfram Research South America in Peru.

Wolfram Research is a private company that creates computational technology. Wolfram's flagship product is the technical computing program Wolfram Mathematica, first released on June 23, 1988. Wolfram Research founder Stephen Wolfram is the CEO.

The company launched Wolfram Alpha, an answer engine on May 16, 2009. It brings a new approach to knowledge generation and acquisition that involves large amounts of curated computable data in addition to semantic indexing of text.[1]

Wolfram Research acquired MathCore Engineering AB on March 30, 2011.[2][3]

On July 21, 2011, Wolfram Research launched the Computable Document Format (CDF). CDF is an electronic document format[4] designed to allow easy authoring[5] of dynamically generated interactive content.

In June 2014, Wolfram Research officially introduced the Wolfram Language as a new general multi-paradigm programming language.[6] It is the primary programming language used in Mathematica.[7]

Other products include Wolfram SystemModeler, Wolfram Workbench,[8] gridMathematica, Wolfram Finance Platform,[9] webMathematica, the Wolfram Development Platform,[10] and the Wolfram Programming Lab.[11]

Wolfram Research served as the mathematical consultant for the CBS television series Numb3rs, a show about the mathematical aspects of crime-solving.[12]


Products and resourcesEdit


Mathematica is a modern technical computing system spanning all areas of technical computing — including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others. The system is used in many technical, scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields. In addition to the computational abilities of the system, Mathematica includes a unique and powerful notebook interface. Computational notebooks can be structured using a hierarchy of cells, which allow for outlining and sectioning of a document and support automatic numbering index creation. Documents can be presented in a slideshow environment for presentations and their contents are represented as Mathematica expressions that can be created, modified or analyzed by Mathematica programs or converted to other formats.


Wolfram Alpha is a free online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced curated data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might. Users submit queries and computation requests via a text field and Wolfram Alpha then computes answers and relevant visualizations.

On February 8, 2012, Wolfram Alpha Pro was released, offering users additional features(e.g., the ability to upload many common file types and data — including raw tabular data, images, audio, XML, and dozens of specialized scientific, medical, and mathematical formats — for automatic analysis) for a monthly subscription fee.

In 2016, Wolfram Alpha Enterprise, a business-focused analytics tool, was launched. The program combines data supplied by a corporation with the algorithms from Wolfram Alpha to answer questions related to that corporation. [13]

Wolfram SystemModelerEdit

Wolfram SystemModeler is a platform for engineering as well as life-science modeling and simulation based on the Modelica language. It provides an interactive graphical modeling and simulation environment and a customizable set of component libraries. The primary interface, ModelCenter, is an interactive graphical environment including a customizable set of component libraries. The software also provides a tight integration with Mathematica. Users can develop, simulate, document, and analyze their models within Mathematica notebooks.


Announced in 2017 at the annual Collision Conference, Wolfram|One provides the benefits of desktop conveniences for technical computing with built-in functionality to interact with the Wolfram Cloud, its knowledgebase, and APIs in one environment. It is available through both a monthly and annual subscription model for both personal and professional use. For personal use, subscribers are provided features such as 5,000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls, complimentary upgrades, and can be installed on two desktop machines. Additionally, subscribers are given 2GB of cloud storage. Subscribers to the professional version are given similar features, but up to 8,000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls and 15GB of cloud storage.

Data RepositoryEdit

In April 2017, Wolfram launched the world’s first computable data repository.[14] The repository is a free public resource that hosts an ever-expanding collection of datasets that are curated and structured as to be immediately used in a wide range of analyses. Data is publicly uploaded from a broad range of sources including governments, academic researchers, and business professionals. Currently, datasets exist in 30 different categories such as chemistry, economics, images, machine learning, and statistics. Anyone can extract the datasets within the repository in various formats or can be accessed and analyzed within the free Wolfram Open Cloud.

Wolfram ChallengesEdit

Wolfram Challenges is a free online collection of computational thinking problems designed to provide users with a fun and interactive method of learning. Using the Wolfram Language, the challenges range in levels of difficulty to provide opportunity for beginners through the most seasoned individual, and can range from pure algorithms, real-world questions requiring the use of the Wolfram Knowledgebase, or mathematics. Each challenge maintains a leaderboard tracking various achievements such as shortest code length, fastest time to successfully answer, and the names of everyone who has submitted the correct answer. The challenges are available in Mathematica notebook format and can either be downloaded to your desktop or opened directly in your web browser using the Wolfram Cloud. Users are also given the opportunity to submit their own new challenges for inclusion in the program.

Neural Network RepositoryEdit

On June 14, 2018, Wolfram Research officially launched the Wolfram Neural Net Repository.[15] The repository is a public resource that hosts a large collection of both trained and untrained neural network models spanning many categories including classification, feature extraction, image processing, regression, semantic segmentation, speech recognition, object detection, and language modeling.

Wolfram Engine for DevelopersEdit

On May 21, 2019, Wolfram Research launched the Wolfram Engine for Developers.[16][17]Designed for pre-production software development, it provides developers with free access to the Wolfram Language and its knowledgebase. The engine is available as a download and runs locally on user’s computers on Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems. The license does not permit output production for commercial or organizational use. Any such production for consumer use requires an upgraded production license.

Function RepositoryEdit

On June 11, 2019, the Wolfram Function Repository was officially launched.[18] This public resource allows anyone to contribute functions that can be used in Wolfram Language. Users who opt to submit functions are required to complete detailed documentation—the same documentation used for all functions created by Wolfram Research—to ensure a thorough explanation of the function's intended use. At the time of the official launch, the repository contained more than 500 functions across 26 categories.

Publishing and InnovationEdit

Wolfram Research publishes several free websites including the MathWorld and ScienceWorld encyclopedias. ScienceWorld, which launched in 2002, is divided into sites on chemistry, physics, astronomy and scientific biography.[19] In 2005, the physics site was deemed a "valuable resource" by American Scientist magazine.[20] However, by 2009, the astronomy site was said to suffer from outdated information, incomplete articles and link rot.[21]

The Wolfram Demonstrations Project is a collaborative site hosting interactive technical demonstrations powered by a free Mathematica Player runtime.

Wolfram Research publishes The Mathematica Journal.[22] Wolfram has also published several books via Wolfram Media, Wolfram's publishing arm.[23][24]

Wolfram Research has organized three Wolfram Science conferences in Boston, MA, Washington, D.C. and Burlington, VT in the United States in the years 2003, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Two other independent NKS Midwest conferences have taken place at the Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005 and 2008. Other independent workshops related to NKS research have also been organized overseas, such as JOUAL (Just One Universal Algorithm) at the CNR in Pisa, Italy in 2009.

Wolfram Research hosts the yearly Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, IL.[25] During this three-day conference, developers discuss the latest Wolfram technologies for mobile devices, cloud computing, interactive deployment, and more.

Wolfram Research also hosts the Wolfram Data Summit, a high-level gathering of innovators in data science.[26]

They are experimenting with electronic textbook creation.[27]

Wolfram Research frequently streams live events on The events often feature long-time Wolfram Language users from outside the company demonstrating the benefits of the language through livecoding presentations. Also featured regularly are Wolfram Research developers who demonstrate new functionality and features of the Wolfram Language that they were personally responsible for building.

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  2. ^ Rao, Leena. "Wolfram Research Acquires Modeling And Simulation Software Developer MathCore". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  3. ^ Wolfram, Stephen. "Launching a New Era in Large-Scale Systems Modeling".
  4. ^ Wolfram Alpha Creator plans to delete the PDF The Telegraph (UK)
  5. ^ Wolfram makes data interactive PC World
  6. ^ "Wolfram Language reference page". Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  7. ^ Slate's article Stephen Wolfram's New Programming Language: He Can Make The World Computable, March 6, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-05-14.
  8. ^ "Wolfram Workbench: State-of-the-Art Integrated Development Environment". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  9. ^ "Wolfram Finance Platform: Ultimate Financial Computation Environment". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  10. ^ "Wolfram Development Platform: Introducing a Programming Revolution". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  11. ^ "Wolfram Programming Lab: Computational Thinking Starts Here". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  12. ^ "Numb3rs 307: Blackout". Cornell University. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  13. ^ Castellanos, Sara (February 7, 2019). "Computing Pioneer Stephen Wolfram Creates Data-Analysis Tool for Business". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  14. ^ "Launching The Wolfram Data Repository: Data Publishing That Really Works". Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  15. ^ "Launching the Wolfram Neural Net Repository". Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  16. ^ "Launching Today: Free Wolfram Engine for Developers". Retrieved 2019-07-23. External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "Free Wolfram Engine for Developers". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  18. ^ "The Wolfram Function Repository: Launching an Open Platform for Extending the Wolfram Language". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  19. ^ W., Weisstein, Eric. "ScienceWorld FAQ". Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  20. ^ "American Scientist Online – Eric Weisstein's World of Physics". 2005-03-19. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  21. ^ Johnson, Gareth J (2010-05-04). "Eric Weissteins's World of Astronomy". Reference Reviews. 24 (4): 32–33. doi:10.1108/09504121011045728. ISSN 0950-4125.
  22. ^ The Mathematica Journal official site.
  23. ^ Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science sets a new standard in more ways than one by Charlotte Abbott, Publishers Weekly, 6/24/2002
  24. ^ "Wolfram Media: Titles". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  25. ^ "Wolfram Technology Conference 2016".
  26. ^ "Wolfram Data Summit 2016: Trends & Innovations in the Universe of Data". Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  27. ^ Eisenberg, Anne (17 December 2011). "Online Textbooks Aim to Make Science Leap From the Page". The New York Times.

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