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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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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