Allen Hussey, the director of Northwestern University's chemical laboratories, discusses the frequent breakdowns of the IR-2T spectrophotometer, the practical and ethical barriers to selling it to recoup expenses, and in lieu of a refund solicits a financial gift from the company.
The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this contract, Beckman Instruments developed a single-beam spectrophotometer based on Robert Battrain’s extant design, which in 1942 was sold as the IR-1. With the IR-4 in 1956, Beckman Instruments branched out into double-beam design and kicked off a golden age of IR spectrophotometer production that lasted until 1973.
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Hussey, Allen S. “Letter from Allen S. Hussey to Arnold O. Beckman,” April 30, 1954. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 14, Folder 1. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/qf85nb79n.
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