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, Arnold O. Beckman, Inc., and Beckman Instruments. Although his businesses operated world-wide, they began and their headquarters remained in California. After his retirement he devoted his life to philanthropy and specifically supporting scientific innovation.
At the time of this photograph, Ronald Reagan was serving as governor of the state of California. He would go on to successfully run for President of the United States ten years later in 1981 and again in 1984.
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Studio One Professional Photography. “Arnold O. Beckman and Ronald Reagan,” 1971. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 55, Folder 10. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/5138jd902.
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