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Arnold Orville Beckman

Arnold Orville Beckman, American analytical instrument manufacturing company executive.


  • Beckman, Arnold Orville was born on April 10, 1900 in Cullom, Illinois, United States. Son of George W. and Elizabeth E. (Jewkes) Beckman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University Illinois, 1922. Master of Science, University Illinois, 1923. Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1928.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Chapman College, 1965. Doctor of Science (honorary), Whittier College, 1971. Doctor of Science (honorary), Clarkson University, 1989.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Rockefeller University, 1992. Doctor of Science (honorary), Scripps Research Institute, 1994. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University California, Riverside, 1966.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Loyola University.A., 1969. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Illinois, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pepperdine University, 1977.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Illinois Wesleyan University, 1991. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), California State University, Fullerton, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Illinois State University, 1990.


    • Research associate Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York City, 1924-1926. Chemical faculty California Institute of Technology, 1928—1940. Vice president National Technology Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 1935-1939, president, 1939-1940, Helipot Corporation, 1944-1958, Arnold O. Beckman, Inc., South Pasadena, California, 1946-1958.

      Founder Beckman Instruments, Inc. (now Beckman Coulter Inc.), Fullerton, 1935, chairman, 1940-1965, chairman emeritus, 1988—2004. Vice chairman SmithKline Beecham Beckman Corporation, 1984-1986.

      Board directors Security Pacific National Bank, 1956-1972, advisory director, 1972-1975. Board directors Continental Airlines, 1956-1971, advisory director, 1971-1973. Board directors Southern California Edison, 1957-1972.


    • Author articles in field. Inventor. Patentee in field.


    Member President's Air Quality Board, 1970-1974. Chairman System Development Foundation, 1970-1988. Chairman board trustees emeritus California Institute of Technology.

    Honorary trustee California Museum Foundation. Board overseers House Ear Institute. Trustee Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

    Board directors Hoag Memorial Hospital. Co-founder, chairman emeritus, board directors Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. Member board overseers University California, Irvine.

    Founder, chairman emeritus, board directors Arnold and Mabel Beckman Found, 1977. With United States Marine Corps, 1918-1919. Fellow Association Clinical Scientists.

    Member National Association of Manufacturers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles C. of Chamber (board director 1954-1958, president 1956), California City of C. (director, president 1967-1968), National Academy Engineering (Distinguished Honoree, 1986, Founders Award, 1987), American Institute Chemists (Gold medal 1987), Instrument Society of America (president 1952), American Chemical Society, Social Science Research Council, American Association Clinical Chemistry (honorary), Newcomen Society, Auto Club Southern California (board directors 1965-1973, honorary director since 1973), Sigma Xi, Delta Upsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon. Clubs: Newport Harbor Yacht, Pacific.


    • Married Mabel S. Meinzer, June 10, 1925. Children: Gloria Patricia, Arnold Stone.
    • father: George W. Beckman
    • mother: Elizabeth E. (Jewkes) Beckman
    • spouse: Mabel S. Meinzer
    • children: Gloria Patricia Beckman
    • Arnold Stone Beckman
    Arnold Orville Beckman
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    Born April 10, 1900
    Died May 18, 2004
    (aged 104)
    • 1922
      University Illinois
    • 1923
      University Illinois
    • 1928
      California Institute of Technology
    • 1965
      Chapman College
    • 1971
      Whittier College
    • 1989
      Clarkson University
    • 1992
      Rockefeller University
    • 1994
      Scripps Research Institute
    • 1966
      University California
    • 1969
      Loyola University
    • 1982
      University Illinois
    • 1977
      Pepperdine University
    • 1991
      Illinois Wesleyan University
    • 1984
      California State University
    • 1990
      Illinois State University
    • 1924 - 1926
      Research associate, Bell Telephone Laboratories
    • 1928 - 1940
      Technology, chemical faculty California Institute
    • 1935 - 1939
      vice president, National Technology Laboratory
      Pasadena, California, United States
    • 1935
      founder Beckman Instruments
      Fullerton, California, United States
    • 1944 - 1958
      vice president, National Technology Laboratory
    • 1946 - 1958
      vice president, National Technology Laboratory
      South Pasadena, California, United States
    • 1984 - 1986
      vice chairman, SmithKline Beecham Beckman Corporation
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