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- Liston-Becker Company, Inc.
This memo details research about the the Liston-Becker Company, which Beckman Instruments acquired in 1955.
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…
Glenn Joseph expresses appreciation for a tour of Beckman's Fullerton plant and the gift of a pH meter themed desk set.
In the 1930s, Joseph approached Beckman for assistance measuring pH for the citrus industry. The…
- General Manager for Germany
In this letter, John F. Bishop relates a conversation with Herbert Hoover, Jr., in which Hoover recommended that Beckman choose "a man who understands the American way of business," rather than a European candidate, to…
The report of a conference between Don Straus, Roy Holm, Bob Cunningham, Bud Schuler, Chuck Bowes, and Bruce Lindeke discussing options for recruiting engineers, including targeting engineers' wives, emphasizing…
- Telephone Interview with Dr. Shockley
In 1955, Arnold O. Beckman and William Shockley entered business together when they established Shockley Semiconductor Laboratories as a subsidiary of Beckman Instruments, Inc. with the goal of mass producing…
- Dr. William Shockley publicity results
- Appraisal of competitors electrodes
The report concerns Beckman's electrode business, with a focus on Leeds & Northrup electrodes which "do not compare too favorably with ours."
- Some Indicated Current Actions on the Smog Problem
The contents of Wright's memo formed the agenda of a later meeting of the Air Pollution Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
In this memo to the General Manager of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Beckman summarized the work done to date on Regulation VII.
Arnold O. Beckman applied (ultimately unsuccessfully) for a job at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. The letter includes details of his work experience, publications, and educational background, including a…
The report, from a committee chaired by Arnold O. Beckman, recommended that attempts to manipulate the weather be controlled and monitored by a federal agency.
This letter was written in response to Arnold O. Beckman's congratulations to Linus Pauling upon winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Memorandum about using police power to enforce air pollution regulations on the gas and oil industry
The memo, authored by an unidentified individual with the initials "GGK" and informed by Felix Chappellett's memo, outlines a future relationship between industry and the Air Pollution Foundation. The memo suggests…
The letter suggests that the Air Pollution Foundation change its focus.
Felix Chappellett (1902–1976) spent three decades as an executive with the General Petroleum Corporation and later served as the vice president of…
- 1956 Annual Report - Employee Relations
The memo discusses a "favorable year in employee relations," including employees' reactions to new policies, the integration of newly acquired businesses, a supervisory training program, retirement benefits, health…
In this letter, Emery, as secretary of the American Chemical Society, proposes Arnold Beckman as a nominee for President-Elect of the ACS. Beckman was ultimately not nominated, but his name was proposed again in 1956.
- De Forest Patent 2,594,740
The memo outlines the reasons Beckman should not undertake development of Lee de Forest's light amplifier.
This letter suggests Beckman might be interested in commercial development of de Forest's new invention, a "sandwich, non-vacuous, light amplifier."
Lee de Forest states that he returned from a trip to Chicago to find his company in financial disarray. He regrets that Beckman's contracted work was continued, despite an inability to pay for it, and assures him that…
Lee de Forest states that he has "temporarily become disassociated from the activities of De Forest Television Corporation" and advises Beckman to retain any equipment currently in his possession.
Lee de Forest…
- Circa 1936
The receipt lists materials the De Forest Television Corporation received from Arnold O. Beckman. The memorandum concerns work Beckman performed for the American Television Corporation, the De Forest Television…
Lee de Forest discusses testing Beckman's film-coating process with antimony. A sample of antimony paper is included.
Arnold O. Beckman provides an overview of the vacuum film-coating process developed for Lee de Forest. The process successfully coated film with magnesium, lead, bismuth, aluminum, and silver. The letter is apparently…