The color photographs depict an instrument owned by Jack Kertzman of Perma Pure Products. Kertzman apparently purchased the Model P oxygen meter from an Exxon surplus sale, used it for many years in his laboratory, and offered to donate it to the Beckman Museum.
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, and preventing blindness in newborn babies.
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