A man in a lab coat and a woman with a clipboard record the readings of an HC/CO Tester attached to the tailpipe of an automobile. This instrument measures the levels of hydrocarbons (HCs) and carbon monoxide (CO) emitted by cars.
Beckman Instruments, Inc. became interested in measuring, controlling, and fighting air pollution in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when company president Arnold O. Beckman became the scientific adviser to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Air Pollution Control Officer. Many of the instruments that were developed by Beckman Instruments in the 1940s and 1950s as standalone items became incorporated into or re-purposed as smog-fighting systems.
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Beckman Instruments. “Beckman HC/CO Tester in Use Measuring Automobile Exhaust,” 1970–1979. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 55, Folder 62. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/vt150j246.
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