Overview of the broad reach of technologies, industries, and civic activities of Dr. Beckman that propelled innovation through invention.
In the 1940s, the air quality in LA was a serious threat to health and safety in the region. Dr. Beckman had the vision and the instrumentation to identify the cause and find solutions.
During WWII, Dr. Beckman joined forces with Linus Pauling at CalTech to produce an oxygen analyzer that found wide applications in aircraft, submarines, and neonatal incubators.
Birth of BioTech
Dr. Beckman was essential in the discoveries of the structure and purpose of DNA with the DU Spectrophotometer and SpinCo ultracentrifuge. Beckman Coulter would go on to be a world leader in the new field of biotechnology.
Establishing Silicon Valley
In 1955, Dr. Beckman established the first silicon electronics organization on the San Francisco Peninsula: The Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory of Beckman Instruments. From this seed, an entire microchip industry grew, establishing “Silicon Valley” as one of the world’s top centers of innovation.