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    • circa 1957

    The IR-5 was a double-beam spectrophotometer first produced in 1957.

    The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an…

    • 1970s

    A man in a lab coat and a woman with a clipboard record the readings of an HC/CO Tester attached to the tailpipe of an automobile. This instrument measures the levels of hydrocarbons (HCs) and carbon monoxide (CO)…

    • 1956

    Color advertisement for the Pocket pH Meter, which was first sold in 1956. The main selling point of this model was its portability, meaning that pH readings could be taken in the field or on site, instead of requiring…

    • 1962

    The advertisement mentions several Beckman Instruments products that could be used in corporations' fight against pollution, including IR spectrophotometers and gas chromatographs.

    Beckman Instruments, Inc. was an…

    • 1957

    Advertisement featuring an image of a man kneeling in a field looking at the reading on a Beckman Pocket pH Meter. This model of pH meter was first marketed by Beckman Instruments in 1956, and as this advertisement…

    • 1956

    Advertisement for the DIGIDIAL, made by the Helipot Division of Beckman Instruments, Inc.

    Potentiometers regulate the flow of electricity, like the volume dial on a radio. In 1940, Arnold O. Beckman was unsatisfied…

    • 1999-Sep-24

    This letter from Arnold O. Beckman invites potential attendees (and potential donors) to a conference on the future of science education in Orange County, California. This initiative to improve science education was…

    • 1959

    Dr. Arnold O. Beckman (1900-2004) invented the first commercially successful electric pH meter in 1934 and thus began a long career manufacturing scientific and medical instruments with National Technical Laboratories,…

    • circa 1958

    The IR-7 was first produced by Beckman Intruments, Inc. in 1958, building on more than a decade of development of infrared spectrophotometers. The IR-7 continued the line of double-beam instruments, begun by the IR-4…

    • circa 1956

    An unidentified man kneels in a field of crops looking at the reading on a Pocket pH Meter, first marketed by Beckman Instruments in 1956. A photograph from the same session appears in advertisements for the Pocket pH…

    • 1955-Sep-15

    Arnold O. Beckman (R), founder of Beckman Instruments, Inc., stands with Robert T. Sheen (L) and W. G. Brombacker beside a Ratio Recording Spectrophotometer at a meeting of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation…

    • 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…

    • Undated

    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…

    • 1950s

    Interior view of the Soap Perfume Base Department at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of a chemist compounding a base from abyssinian civet, otto of rose from Bulgaria, and absolutes floral oil from Italy, France, and Palestine at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of chemists checking the odor values of the fractions of the distilled oil before bulking at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of the fractionation of an essential oil for the production of a terpeneless product in the laboratory at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of an aromatic research chemist filtering charge into a distillation apparatus at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of a chemist checking temperature changes on a micro-still in the laboratory at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of an aromatic research chemist at work checking fractional distillation of an oil sample at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of the perfume research team at work in the laboratory at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.

    • 1950s

    View of perfumers at work preparing and compounding test samples at the Norda Company plant in Boonton, New Jersey.