The invention disclosure documents some of James C. Sternberg's early work for Beckman Instruments. Irwin H. Krull, Robert L. Litle witnessed the disclosure, which lists Charles J. Kring as a co-inventor.
Beckman Instruments entered the gas chromatograph business in 1956 with the acquisition of the successful Watts Manufacturing Company. Later that year, Beckman Instruments produced its first gas chromatograph, the GC-1, which was intended for laboratory use. Shortly after, Beckman Instruments produced a line of gas chromatographs for industrial use, which offered both automation and customization. These instruments were used by the petroleum industry and in the fight against air pollution.
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Sternberg, James C., and Charles J. Kring. “Invention Disclosure: Gas Chromatograph Column,” December 1963. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 17, Folder 30. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/3197xm462.
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