This letter regards the use of oxygen meters on submarines and in hospitals, issues of cost and portability, and the Naval Research Laboratory's interest in detecting other gases.
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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Prentiss, Spencer S. “Letter from S. S. Prentiss to Arnold O. Beckman,” February 16, 1945. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 19, Folder 8. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/7w62f8765.
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