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    • 1940s

    This glass dumbbell was key to the functioning of the Pauling Oxygen Meter, although production was tricky and originally required a human glass blower to shape the hollow ends of the tiny dumbbell with puffs of breath.…

    • 1940s

    An unidentified man with a tattoo on his forearm has removed the case of a Model B DU Spectrophotometer in order to demonstrate its functions to three other (also unidentified) men.

    The first Beckman Instruments DU…

    • 1940s

    Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology behind Beckman Instruments’ oxygen analyzers ended up doing such diverse jobs as monitoring astronauts’ respiration, maintaining packaged food safety,…

    • 1940s

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • 1940s

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • 1940s

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • circa 1940 – circa 1979

    Though the photo set is identified as Beckman with "employees," some of the photographs depict ceremonies and visits to non-corporate locations, like CalTech. Some photographs are attributed, dated (1941, 1962, 1967),…

    • 1941-Sep-25

    This advertisement, reprinted from the American Chemical Society News Edition, may be the earliest advertisement for the DU model. The page is stamped Apr 25 1961 (though the date is crossed out) and the reprint note is…

    • circa 1942

    The IR-1 Spectrophotometer was developed by Beckman Instruments, Inc. in 1942 as a secret project for the United States' Office of Rubber Reserve for use in creating artificial rubber during World War II. The IR-1 was…

    • 1942 – 1959

    The Model R Industrial pH Meter was first produced in 1942, although this photograph was likely taken much later.

    Arnold Beckman invented his first pH meter in 1934 at the request of a chemist from the California…

    • circa 1942

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • 1943

    Used for gas chromatography, this hydrogen flame ionization detector was fist produced in the early 1940s.

    • circa 1945

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • circa 1945

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this…

    • Bulletin 91-B
    • 1946

    The first Beckman Instruments DU Spectrophotometer was developed in 1940, when the company was still called National Technical Laboratories. Spurred by employee Howard Cary (who had previously been involved in pH meter…

    • 1946-Apr-08

    Handwritten and -drawn notes detail the resistors used in the Model F pH meter.

    Arnold Beckman invented his first pH meter in 1934 at the request of a chemist from the California citrus industry, who needed an accurate…

    • 1948

    The ultraviolet Model B was marketed as an easier to use and more affordable alternative to the Beckman DU Spectrophotometer.

    The first Beckman Instruments DU Spectrophotometer was developed in 1940, when the company…

    • 1948

    The ultraviolet Model B was marketed as an easier to use and more affordable alternative to the Beckman DU Spectrophotometer.

    The first Beckman Instruments DU Spectrophotometer was developed in 1940, when the company…

    • 1950s

    A note on the back indicates that this is a "precision adjustment." Steve Murphy was the supervisor of National Technical Laboratories' infrared assembly department.

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began…

    • 1950s

    The Beckman DK Spectrophotometer was an enhancement of the DU, which expanded the instrument’s range of into near-infrared. This was accomplished by chemist Wilbur I. Kaye, who began his work on science behind the DK at…

    • 1950s

    Beckman Instruments began producing centrifuges after their January 1, 1955 acquisition of industry leader, Specialized Instruments Corporation, or Spinco. With Spinco came the famous Model E Ultracentrifuge, which was…

    • 1950s

    Beckman Instruments began producing centrifuges after their January 1, 1955 acquisition of industry leader, Specialized Instruments Corporation, or Spinco. With Spinco came the famous Model E Ultracentrifuge, which was…

    • 1950s

    Beckman Instruments began producing centrifuges after their January 1, 1955 acquisition of industry leader, Specialized Instruments Corporation, or Spinco. With Spinco came the famous Model E Ultracentrifuge, which was…

    • 1950s

    Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology behind Beckman Instruments’ oxygen analyzers ended up doing such diverse jobs as monitoring astronauts’ respiration, maintaining packaged food safety,…