Digitization and cataloging of this collection made possible by the generosity of Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation
Search within the Beckman Historical Collection
Man looking into eyepiece of a Beckman Model E Centrifuge
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…
Herschel and the invisible hot region.
This advertisement for the series 4200 IR Spectrophotometer connects the work that Beckman Instruments is doing to the work of William Herschel, the British astronomer who discovered infrared radiation in 1800.
Test specifications for the 11098 oxygen electrode
In these specifications for the design of a new oxygen electrode, the most important consideration is beauty, followed by mechanical and electrical concerns.
This electrode was first used inside Beckman Instruments pH…
Diagram of Beckman 11098 oxygen electrode
- Circa 1957
This electrode was first used inside Beckman Instruments pH meters and later in many other instruments.
Laboratory Oxygen Analyzers price list
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,…
- Creator Of Work Beckman Instruments, Inc.
- Subject Scientific apparatus and instruments, Oxygen--Measurement, Oxygen--Analysis, Beckman Instruments, Inc., Prices
Paramagnetic Oxygen Meter notes
These handwritten notes (by an unidentified author) detail the process by which Linus Pauling came to National Technical Laboratories to produce his oxygen meter design and how this lead to the formation of Arnold O.…
Bowaters tames sticky pitch with Beckman pH control
This advertisement for the Model W pH meter promotes its use in monitoring pH levels of wood pulp stock to ensure equipment works properly at the Bowaters Southern Paper Corporation.
Arnold Beckman invented his first…
Beckman DU-7 Spectrophotometer in use
- Circa 1984
The DU 7 featured a microprocessor and a built in video graphic display.
The first Beckman Instruments DU Spectrophotometer was developed in 1940, when the company was still called National Technical Laboratories.…
Beckman Auto Exhaust Analyzer attached to a Georgia Tech "clean air" car
This instrument detects pollutants in the exhaust from vehicles with combustion engines.
Beckman Instruments, Inc. became interested in measuring, controlling, and fighting air pollution in the late 1940s and early…
William Ballhaus and Arnold O. Beckman
William F. Ballhaus Sr. replaced Arnold O. Beckman as the president of Beckman Instruments, Inc. in 1965. Ballhaus shifted the company's focus from defense and scientific instruments to medical instruments.
Demonstration of a Beckman Model B Spectrophotometer
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…
Beckman System Computer in use
A note on the back of this photograph might identify two of the people in this image as Jim Kuffert and Shirley Finch.
Beckman Instruments' analog computers were being produced by their Berkeley Division as early as…
Beckman Hypoxia Warning Amplifier
Beckman made hypoxia warning systems for aircraft pilots and astronauts.
Woman using a Beckman Microlab 252MX Computing Infrared Spectrophotometer
- Circa 1980
This computing spectrophotometer was controlled by a microprocessor and included a video graphics display.
The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold…
Man in a field using a Beckman Pocket pH Meter
- Circa 1956
The Pocket pH meter allowed pH readings to be taken in the field, in a laboratory, or at any site, without needing to send samples back to a laboratory and a more stationary instrument.
Arnold Beckman invented his…
Portrait of Arnold O. Beckman (1900-2004)
Dr. Arnold O. Beckman (1900-2004), pictured here with a DU Spectrophotometer, invented the first commercially successful electric pH meter in 1934. Thus began a long career manufacturing scientific and medical…
Beckman Model L2 Ultracentrifuge and its developers
This research team from the Spinco Division of Beckman Instruments designed and developed the L2.
Beckman Instruments began producing centrifuges after their January 1, 1955 acquisition of industry leader, Specialized…
Beckman Model DK-2A Ratio Recording Spectrophotometer in use in a laboratory
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…
Woman using a Beckman ASTRA 8 Automated Stat Routine Analyzer
- Circa 1978
The Astra 8 analyzer used multiple channels to perform continuous flow and discrete analyses of electrolytes and "routine chemistries." It was controlled by a microprocessor with 52K bytes of memory.
James C. Sternberg
Dr. James C. Sternberg (1927-2001) was the Vice President of Advanced Research at Beckman Instruments and responsible for the development of the Glucose Analyzer in the 1970. In 1968 he published a landmark paper on a…
Steve Murphy adjusting a Beckman IR-2A Spectrophotometer
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…
Dumbell part of Pauling Oxygen Meter
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.…
Man adjusting a Beckman Model 320D Industrial Gas Chromatograph
- 1956 – 1969
Images show a man adjusting the front and underside of the instrument, in a work space containing other, unidentified instruments.
Beckman Instruments entered the gas chromatograph business in 1956 with the acquisition…
Beckman pH meter in a glass case
A Polaroid photograph of what seems to be a Model G pH meter in a clear glass case as part of an exhibit or display.
Arnold Beckman invented his first pH meter in 1934 at the request of a chemist from the California…
A "mean" line!
Advertisement for "rugged, dependable" line of Beckman IR spectrophotometers.
The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for…