Throughout his career, Dr. Beckman received numerous awards and recognitions, including the prestigious National Medal of Science, the Presidential Citizens Medal and the National Medal of Technology.
* 1957 Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC)
* 1960 "Illini" Achievement Award, University of Illinois
* 1966 Business Statesman Award, Harvard Business School of Southern California
* 1971 Industrialist of the Year Award, California Museum of Science and Industry
* 1974 Outstanding Achievement in Business Management, Southern California School of Business Administration
* 1974 SAMA Award, Scientific Apparatus Makers Association
* 1974 Service Through Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
* 1979 Private Enterprise Award, Pepperdine University
* 1981 Distinguished Community Service Award, Americanism Education League
* 1981 ISCO Award, University of Nebraska
* 1982 Man of Science Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists; (ARC's) Foundation
* 1982 Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement
* 1983 Rock of Free Enterprise Award, Economic Development Corporation of Orange County
* 1983 Public Affairs Award, Coro Foundation
* 1984 Outstanding Philanthropist Award, National Society of Fund Raising Executives
* 1984 Vision Award, Luminaires (a support group for the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation of Los Angeles)
* 1987 Vermilye Medal (the first of the Benjamin Franklin National Medals), the Franklin Institute
* 1987 National Inventors Hall of Fame, Washington, D.C.
* 1988 The National Medal of Technology, The President of the United States
* 1989 The National Medal of Science, The President of the United States
* 1989 Presidential Citizens Medal, Washington, D.C.
* 1989 Henry Townley Heald Award, Illinois Institute of Technology
* 1989 Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, American Chemical Society
* 1990 High Tech Industry's Good Scout Award, Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
* 1991 Achievement Award for Excellence, Center for Excellence in Education in Washington, D.C.
* 1991 The Order of Lincoln, the State of Illinois.
* 1992 Bower Award for Business Leadership, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
* 1997 Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young, California
* 1997 Treasure of Los Angeles Award
* 1998 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award, Chapman University, California
* 1999 Public Welfare Medal, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.