Allen Hussey, the director of Northwestern University's chemical laboratories, discusses the frequent breakdowns of the IR-2T spectrophotometer, the practical and ethical barriers to selling it to recoup expenses, and…
The memorandum discusses a rival company's spectrophotometer, the Warren Spectracord. (Warren Electronics, Inc. would be acquired by Perkin-Elmer in 1956). The Beckman Instruments DR Spectrophotometer is framed as…
Arnold O. Beckman notes that some of the company's instruments (including pH meters and infrared spectrophotometers) are already being used to monitor air quality, and expresses interest in developing instruments…
In response to Donald Loughridge's complaints about the performance of the IR-2T spectrophotometer, Arnold Beckman defers to general sales manager W. H. Steinkamp and expresses confidence that he will bring the…
- Liston-Becker Company, Inc.
This memo details research about the the Liston-Becker Company, which Beckman Instruments acquired in 1955.
Donald Loughridge, dean of Northwestern University, exchanges friendly news with Arnold Beckman before discussing chemistry professor Robert L. Burwell's complaints about the IR-2T spectrophotometer, its frequent…
This memo lists the staff and resources assigned to improve the IR-2T spectrophotometer design by creating modification kits to fix what were seen (by users and by Beckman Instruments) as serious flaws in the…
Internal memo with handwritten comments by an unknown Beckman Instruments employee. The memo and comments discuss the nearly 200 Beckman Model B spectrophotometers that shipped with incorrect flame attachments.
This letter suggests Beckman might be interested in commercial development of de Forest's new invention, a "sandwich, non-vacuous, light amplifier."
Internal Beckman Instruments memo regarding Perkin-Elmer competition for the infrared spectrophotometer market.
Memo from Arnold Beckman regarding Beckman Instruments discontinuing the IR-2T spectrophotometer, which had serious flaws only discovered after the instrument had shipped to early buyers. Beckman announces that the…
- De Forest Patent 2,594,740
The memo outlines the reasons Beckman should not undertake development of Lee de Forest's light amplifier.
This internal National Technical Laboratories memo expresses Dr. Beckman's concern that NTL is losing its place in the infrared spectrophotometer field, with a special focus on competitors Baird and Perkin-Elmer. The…
The letter concerns importation of spectrophotometers into Germany and France, the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA), and post-war atomic energy restrictions.
A chemist with Standard Oil Company's Research Department, Steininger explored the possible creation of an instrument to analyze and record hydrogen sulfide concentrations in oil refineries, a safety measure otherwise…
In this letter, Beckman requested permission to discuss the Pauling Oxygen Meter and made the case that the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) should lift the "Restricted" classification.
In this letter, J. H. Rushton of the National Defense Research Committee requests an update on the status of F and G model oxygen meter instruments.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology…
In this handwritten letter, Prentiss discusses reports on the oxygen meter contracts and the possibility of working for Phillips Petroleum, despite his lack of enthusiasm for relocating to Oklahoma.
Developed from a…
Arnold Beckman discusses the status of contract reports, an instrument damaged during shipment, and asks about Spencer Prentiss's post-war plans. He expects to consult with Linus Pauling to decide which instrument to…
Arnold Beckman notes that he has been busy after the "termination of the war" and discusses bugs in the Model E and complaints about the ruggedness of the oxygen meter.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design during…
Arnold Beckman expresses concern that the secrecy of the oxygen meter project could adversely affect sales in the anticipated post-war markets.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology behind…
Letter regarding the possible development of an aviation model of the Pauling Oxygen Meter for the Bureau of Aeronautics.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology behind Beckman Instruments’…
This letter regards the use of oxygen meters on submarines and in hospitals, issues of cost and portability, and the Naval Research Laboratory's interest in detecting other gases.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design…
In this letter, Churchill confirms that the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) has granted Beckman permission to discuss the Pauling Oxygen Meter at an American Chemical Society meeting.