Arnold O. Beckman: One Hundred Years of Excellence, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 379 pages
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Arnold O. Beckman was a legend in his time: the blacksmith's son who grew up to play a pivotal role in the instrumentation revolution that dramatically changed science, technology, and society. From his rural boyhood world of farming and woodworking, through his service in the U.S. Marines and his appointment to the Caltech faculty, to his path-breaking creation of the pH meter, the DU spectrophotometer, and the establishment of the Beckman Instruments company, this work portrays an individual whose ingenuity and integrity made him a scientific leader and industrial pioneer. It also discusses his role in California and national politics, and his career as a major philanthropist. Arnold Beckman's story is inseparable from that of the 20th century--a very inspiring read. Included with this biography is a video portrait of Arnold Beckman, in CD-ROM format for both PC and Mac. You will see and hear Dr. Beckman talk about his early life, his marriage to Mabel, and his philosophies of inventing, education, and philanthropy. The CD-ROM was produced by Jeffrey I. Seeman.
  

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Contents

The Blacksmiths Son
3
A Scientist in the Making
31
Professor Beckman
71
Ink and Lemon Juice
113
Battles on Many Fronts
147
Dr Beckman in Control
191
Visions of Technology
237
Citizen and Leader
279
Philanthropy and the Foundation
313
Selected Honors and Awards of Arnold O Beckman
368
The Patents of Arnold O Beckman
369
Selected Scientific Publications of Arnold O Beckman
370
Note on Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
371
Note on the CDROM
373
Index
374
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About the author (2000)

Minor Myers Jr. was President of Illinois Wesleyan University until his death in 2003. In addition to his research on the Society of the Cincinnati, he wrote on diverse subjects, including early American furniture, baseball, and Roman coinage.

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