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Arnold O. Beckman

Beckman Instruments

1935 - 1982

Healthcare

Military ServiceMarines
1930 b. 1900
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Illinois
GraduateMS, University of Illinois & PhD, California Institute of Technology
Personal
Born-Died1900
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
RaceWhite
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1930

Beckman is considered one of America’s foremost inventors. Starting with the invention of the pH meter (the first accurate test for acidity) in 1935, Beckman went on to secure 14 patents and produce dozens of scientific instruments that have advanced the understanding of human biology and chemical measurement. In 1982, Beckman Instruments was sold to SmithKline Corporation for $1 billion, and in 1987, Beckman was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.