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Arnold Orville Beckman, American Analytical instrument manufacturing company executive. Benjamin Franklin fellow Royal Society Arts; named to National Inventors Hall of Fame, 1987; recipient National Medal Technology, 1988, Presidential Citizens medal, 1989, National Medal of Science, 1989, Order of Lincoln award State ofIll., 1991, Bower award for Business Leadership, 1992.


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


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 Tel. laboratories, New York City, 1924-1926;chemical faculty, California Institute Technology, 1926-1939;vice president, National Technology Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 1935-1939;president, National Technology Laboratory, 1939-1940;president, Helipot Corporation, 1944-1958;president, Arnold O. Beckman, Inc., South Pasadena, California, 1946-1958;founder, chairman, Beckman Instruments, Inc., Fullerton, California, 1940-1965;chairman emeritus, Beckman Instruments, Inc., Fullerton, California, since 1988;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.


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

Honorary trustee California Museum Foundation. Board overseers House Ear Institute, since 1981. Trustee Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, since 1971.

Board directors Hoag Memorial Hospital. Co-founder, chairman emeritus, board directors Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic,1982-. Member board overseers University of California, Irvine, since 1982.

Founder, chairman emeritus, board directors Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, since 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 Chamber of Commerce (board director 1954-1958, president 1956), California Chamber of Commerce (director, president 1967-1968), National Academy Engineering (Distinguished Honoree, 1986, Founders Award, 1987), American Institute Chemists (Gold medal 1987), Instrument Society American (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.


Married Mabel S. Meinzer, June 10, 1925. Children: Gloria Patricia, Arnold Stone.

George W. Beckman

Elizabeth E. (Jewkes) Beckman

Mabel S. Meinzer

Gloria Patricia Beckman

Arnold Stone Beckman