Beckman Instruments, Inc.

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Beautifully engraved SPECIMEN certificate from the Beckman Instruments, Inc. This historic document was printed by the Security-Columbian United States Banknote Company in 1990 and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of Beckman. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President ( Arnold Beckman ) and Secretary and is over 12 years old.
Certificate Vignette Arnold O. Beckman, founder-chairman emeritus of Beckman Instruments, Inc., is recognized worldwide as a scientist, an inventor and an educator, a philanthropist, and a business and civic leader. From President Bush, he received the l989 National Medal of Science for his leadership in the development of analytical instrumentation, and for his deep and abiding concern for the vitality of the Nation's scientific enterprises. In recognition for exemplary deeds of service to fellow citizens, Dr. Beckman wa s presented by President Reagan with the 1989 Presidential Citizens Medal, and the 1988 National Medal of Technology for outstanding contributions to the United States through technology. In 1999 he received the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. More recent honors include the High Tech Industry's Good Scout Award, from the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Achievement Award for Excellence from the Center for Excellence in Education in Washington, DC, and the Order of Lincoln f rom the State of Illinois. Born in Cullom, Illinois, on April 10, 1900, Dr. Beckman received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1922 and his master's degree in physical chemistry a year later at the University of Illinois. He received his doctorate degree in photo chemistry in 1928 at the California Institute of Technology, where he also served on the faculty until l940. While still teaching, Dr. Beckman founded Beckman Instruments in 1935 with the production of a pH meter he invented. A forerunner of modern electrochemical instrumentation, the scientific instrument simplified and expedited acidity and alkalinity measurements. It quickly became an indispensable tool in analytical chemistry and, in l987, earned him a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In l940, he introduced the Beckman DU Spectrophotometer, which revolutionized chemical analysis by improving the time and accuracy of biological assays to minutes with 99.9 percent precision, from weeks it took before with only 25 percent accuracy. Although new models were introduced through the years, thousands of original instruments are still in use throughout the world. The HELIPOT, also introduced in 1940, was a variable resistance device similar to a radio volume control but far more precise. It has found application in a wide variety of electronic equipment, from computer and control systems to scientific instruments and home appliances. From its modest beginning, Beckman Instruments grew to become one of the world's leading suppliers of instruments and related products to the health care and life sciences markets. In 1982, Beckman merged with SmithKline Corporation of Philadelphia to form SmithKline Beckman Corporation. In 1989, Beckman became independent again. During the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Beckman was awarded twelve honorary degrees and has been the recipient of many honors and awards. His philanthropic activities through the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation are known worldwide and include generous contributions to a broad range of scientific and educational institutions. History is from the Beckman Foundation.


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