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Oral history interview with Arnold O. Beckman, 1985 July 23

Author: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold Thackray; Jeffrey L Sturchio; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Series: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0014B.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The second interview begins with Arnold Beckman describing the National Technical Laboratories in the late 1930s. He details NTL policies and operations. The majority of the transcript focuses on the change from NTL to Beckman Instruments and the development of spectrophotometry instrumentation during the 1940s. The other projects that are discussed include mass spectrometers, Geiger counters, pocket electroscopes,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold O Beckman
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold Thackray; Jeffrey L Sturchio; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
OCLC Number: 70189210
Notes: Interview conducted by Jeffrey L. Sturchio and Arnold Thackray at University of Pennsylvania.
Description: Sound recordings ; cassettes Transcript : (46 leaves) ; 29 cm.
Series Title: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0014B.
Other Titles: Arnold O. Beckman oral history interview.

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The second interview begins with Arnold Beckman describing the National Technical Laboratories in the late 1930s. He details NTL policies and operations. The majority of the transcript focuses on the change from NTL to Beckman Instruments and the development of spectrophotometry instrumentation during the 1940s. The other projects that are discussed include mass spectrometers, Geiger counters, pocket electroscopes, and especially the oxygen analyzer. A description of Beckman's reinvolvement with Caltech following World War II follows this section. Finally, the interview concludes with Beckman examining air pollution work in Los Angeles, the formation of Shockley Laboratories, and the future of the instrumentation industry.

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