Arnold O. Beckman Celebrates His 101st Birthday

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

    IRVINE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a life without synthetic
 rubber that is used to produce tires, or a life without radar that is
 essential in directing airport traffic.  Imagine a life without a little
 invention called the Beckman Oxygen Analyzer that helped prevent "blue baby"
 condition in premature babies.  What would life be like without the pH balance
 in the products we use today?  Imagine a life without scientific advancements
 and that is the way life would be if not for the likes of great American
 Scientists such as Arnold O. Beckman.
     Dr. Beckman will celebrate his 101st birthday on April 10, 2001.
 Dr. Beckman is internationally recognized for his achievements in science,
 education, and public affairs.  One of the top five inventors of scientific
 instruments, Dr. Beckman created devices that revolutionized the study and
 understanding of human biology; ultimately saving countless lives around the
 world.
     Born in Cullom, Illinois, Dr. Beckman received his B.S. in 1922 and M.S.
 in 1923 from the University of Illinois.  After serving as Research Engineer
 for the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York for two years, he pursued
 further graduate studies at the California Institute of technology and
 received his Ph.D. in 1928.  In 1935, Dr. Beckman turned his love of chemistry
 and invention into a major corporation, Beckman Instruments, Inc. that
 marketed the pH meter that he invented to measure acidity of lemon juice for a
 Southern California citrus processing plant.
     In 1940, Dr. Beckman introduced two additional products, the quartz
 photoelectric spectrophotometer and the precision helical potentiometer, or
 Helipot, that marked further pioneering advances in measurement technology.
 The Helipot became an essential component in the then secret RADAR systems
 used in World War II, and today is used in products ranging from control
 systems to electronic games.  Beckman Instruments became a major international
 manufacturer of instruments.
     Considered among the greatest philanthropists of all time, Dr. and the
 late Mrs. Beckman, through the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, have
 contributed more than $350 million to the advancement of scientific research
 and education.  Their gifts have benefited numerous scientific, educational
 and medical institutions throughout the United States.
     Dr. Beckman has initiated programs that will help support leading-edge
 research in the fields of chemistry and the life sciences, to foster the
 invention of methods, instruments and materials that open up new avenues of
 research and application in these disciplines and related sciences.  Since
 1991, Dr. Beckman has given 160 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) awards
 totaling $31.4 million to young scientists who are conducting their research
 programs at prominent universities and research institutes across the nation.
 In 1997, Dr. Beckman's foundation initiated the Beckman Scholars Program,
 which recognizes outstanding undergraduate students in chemistry,
 biochemistry, biological and medical sciences research at selected
 universities and colleges throughout the United States.  The program has
 awarded more than $4.9 million to 281 students at 68 universities.
     Dr. Beckman strongly believes that education in the sciences is extremely
 important at all levels.  Dr. Beckman once said, "The young mind is
 inquisitive enough that you don't have to worry about scaring up enthusiasm,
 you simply need to keep them interested and excited about science."  It was
 this belief that prompted Dr. Beckman to create yet another program through
 the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation called Beckman@Science.
     In the fall of 1998, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation developed the
 Beckman@Science Program, a K-6 science education initiative to serve more than
 300,000 elementary school children in Orange County, Calif.  By 2003, the
 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Beckman, will
 spend approximately $14.4 million in a science education program that will
 capture children's natural curiosity and stimulate their interest in science
 through hands-on science learning experiences.  To date, there are 11 Orange
 County, Calif. School districts participating in the program.
     A man of strong morals, great integrity and ethical principles,
 Dr. Beckman has always been compelled to give back to the community at large.
 He has been the recipient of countless awards and has received hundreds of
 accolades for not only his contribution to science, but more importantly, his
 contribution to society.
     Dr. Beckman is a founder and life member of the Instrument Society of
 America which, in 1960, established the Arnold O. Beckman Award for
 outstanding technological contribution to instrument design.  In 1977, the
 Association established annual Arnold O. Beckman Conferences in Clinical
 Chemistry to examine critical topics among clinical scientists and practicing
 physicians.  In 1981, Dr. Beckman received the Society's first Life
 Achievement Award in honor of his career achievements in instrumentation and
 service to the community.  Dr. Beckman received one of science top awards in
 1987, when he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
 Washington, D.C.
     Today, Dr. Beckman, at 101, remains involved in the Arnold and Mabel
 Beckman Foundation.  He lives in Southern California, where he continues to
 enjoy good health.  He has possibly won more major honors for scientific and
 philanthropic achievements than any living American, including the
 Presidential Citizens Awards, the National Medal of Technology and the
 National Medal of Science.  In his lifetime, Dr. Beckman has been instrumental
 in the development of 14-patented technologies and is one of the largest
 private benefactors of American scientific research.  No words can sum up
 Dr. Beckman's lifetime achievements.  On this auspicious occasion, we would
 like to thank Dr. Beckman for his contributions to society and a lifetime of
 excellence.  We wish Dr. Beckman a very happy 101st birthday.
 
     For further information, please contact:  General Inquiries, Jacqueline
 Dorrance of the Beckman Foundation, 949-721-2222; or Media Inquiries, Elyesse
 Concepcion of eConcep Public Relations, 949-642-7700, for the Beckman
 Foundation.
 
 

SOURCE Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
    IRVINE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a life without synthetic
 rubber that is used to produce tires, or a life without radar that is
 essential in directing airport traffic.  Imagine a life without a little
 invention called the Beckman Oxygen Analyzer that helped prevent "blue baby"
 condition in premature babies.  What would life be like without the pH balance
 in the products we use today?  Imagine a life without scientific advancements
 and that is the way life would be if not for the likes of great American
 Scientists such as Arnold O. Beckman.
     Dr. Beckman will celebrate his 101st birthday on April 10, 2001.
 Dr. Beckman is internationally recognized for his achievements in science,
 education, and public affairs.  One of the top five inventors of scientific
 instruments, Dr. Beckman created devices that revolutionized the study and
 understanding of human biology; ultimately saving countless lives around the
 world.
     Born in Cullom, Illinois, Dr. Beckman received his B.S. in 1922 and M.S.
 in 1923 from the University of Illinois.  After serving as Research Engineer
 for the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York for two years, he pursued
 further graduate studies at the California Institute of technology and
 received his Ph.D. in 1928.  In 1935, Dr. Beckman turned his love of chemistry
 and invention into a major corporation, Beckman Instruments, Inc. that
 marketed the pH meter that he invented to measure acidity of lemon juice for a
 Southern California citrus processing plant.
     In 1940, Dr. Beckman introduced two additional products, the quartz
 photoelectric spectrophotometer and the precision helical potentiometer, or
 Helipot, that marked further pioneering advances in measurement technology.
 The Helipot became an essential component in the then secret RADAR systems
 used in World War II, and today is used in products ranging from control
 systems to electronic games.  Beckman Instruments became a major international
 manufacturer of instruments.
     Considered among the greatest philanthropists of all time, Dr. and the
 late Mrs. Beckman, through the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, have
 contributed more than $350 million to the advancement of scientific research
 and education.  Their gifts have benefited numerous scientific, educational
 and medical institutions throughout the United States.
     Dr. Beckman has initiated programs that will help support leading-edge
 research in the fields of chemistry and the life sciences, to foster the
 invention of methods, instruments and materials that open up new avenues of
 research and application in these disciplines and related sciences.  Since
 1991, Dr. Beckman has given 160 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) awards
 totaling $31.4 million to young scientists who are conducting their research
 programs at prominent universities and research institutes across the nation.
 In 1997, Dr. Beckman's foundation initiated the Beckman Scholars Program,
 which recognizes outstanding undergraduate students in chemistry,
 biochemistry, biological and medical sciences research at selected
 universities and colleges throughout the United States.  The program has
 awarded more than $4.9 million to 281 students at 68 universities.
     Dr. Beckman strongly believes that education in the sciences is extremely
 important at all levels.  Dr. Beckman once said, "The young mind is
 inquisitive enough that you don't have to worry about scaring up enthusiasm,
 you simply need to keep them interested and excited about science."  It was
 this belief that prompted Dr. Beckman to create yet another program through
 the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation called Beckman@Science.
     In the fall of 1998, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation developed the
 Beckman@Science Program, a K-6 science education initiative to serve more than
 300,000 elementary school children in Orange County, Calif.  By 2003, the
 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Beckman, will
 spend approximately $14.4 million in a science education program that will
 capture children's natural curiosity and stimulate their interest in science
 through hands-on science learning experiences.  To date, there are 11 Orange
 County, Calif. School districts participating in the program.
     A man of strong morals, great integrity and ethical principles,
 Dr. Beckman has always been compelled to give back to the community at large.
 He has been the recipient of countless awards and has received hundreds of
 accolades for not only his contribution to science, but more importantly, his
 contribution to society.
     Dr. Beckman is a founder and life member of the Instrument Society of
 America which, in 1960, established the Arnold O. Beckman Award for
 outstanding technological contribution to instrument design.  In 1977, the
 Association established annual Arnold O. Beckman Conferences in Clinical
 Chemistry to examine critical topics among clinical scientists and practicing
 physicians.  In 1981, Dr. Beckman received the Society's first Life
 Achievement Award in honor of his career achievements in instrumentation and
 service to the community.  Dr. Beckman received one of science top awards in
 1987, when he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
 Washington, D.C.
     Today, Dr. Beckman, at 101, remains involved in the Arnold and Mabel
 Beckman Foundation.  He lives in Southern California, where he continues to
 enjoy good health.  He has possibly won more major honors for scientific and
 philanthropic achievements than any living American, including the
 Presidential Citizens Awards, the National Medal of Technology and the
 National Medal of Science.  In his lifetime, Dr. Beckman has been instrumental
 in the development of 14-patented technologies and is one of the largest
 private benefactors of American scientific research.  No words can sum up
 Dr. Beckman's lifetime achievements.  On this auspicious occasion, we would
 like to thank Dr. Beckman for his contributions to society and a lifetime of
 excellence.  We wish Dr. Beckman a very happy 101st birthday.
 
     For further information, please contact:  General Inquiries, Jacqueline
 Dorrance of the Beckman Foundation, 949-721-2222; or Media Inquiries, Elyesse
 Concepcion of eConcep Public Relations, 949-642-7700, for the Beckman
 Foundation.
 
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