Oral history interview with Arnold O. Beckman

Oral history interview with Arnold O. Beckman

  • 1985-Jul-23

The second interview begins with Arnold Beckman describing the National Technical Laboratories in the late 1930s. He details NTL policies and operations. The majority of the transcript focuses on the change from NTL to Beckman Instruments and the development of spectrophotometry instrumentation during the 1940s. The other projects that are discussed include mass spectrometers, Geiger counters, pocket electroscopes, and especially the oxygen analyzer. A description of Beckman's reinvolvement with Caltech following World War II follows this section. Finally, the interview concludes with Beckman examining air pollution work in Los Angeles, the formation of Shockley Laboratories, and the future of the instrumentation industry.

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  • 46 pages
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Arnold O. Beckman, interviewed by Arnold Thackray in University of Pennsylvania on July 23, 1985. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0014B. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/v692t711k.

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Transcript (Published Version)

The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

5 Separate Interview Segments Archival-quality downloads