Arnold Orville Beckman

Chemist, Inventor

1900 – 2004

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Who was Arnold Orville Beckman?

Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity, later considered to have "revolutionized the study of chemistry and biology". He also developed the DU spectrophotometer, "probably the most important instrument ever developed towards the advancement of bioscience". Beckman funded the first transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley. After retirement, he and his wife Mabel were numbered among the top philanthropists in the United States.

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Born
Apr 10, 1900
Cullom
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Employment
  • California Institute of Technology
Died
May 18, 2004
La Jolla

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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