Arnold Beckman invented his first pH meter in 1934 at the request of a chemist from the California citrus industry, who needed an accurate way to measure the acidity of his product. The resulting “acidimeter” with its glass electrode was renamed the Model G pH meter in 1937 and produced on a larger scale by Beckman’s company, National Technical Laboratories. This instrument kicked off the rapid development not only of NTL and Beckman Instruments, but also of the electronic scientific instrument industry.
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Beckman Instruments. “Beckman Model G PH Meter Circuit Diagram,” December 2, 1943. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 18, Folder 26. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/70795765b.
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