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Arnold Orville Beckman National Medal of Science Awarded In 1989

Arnold Orville Beckman

Arnold Orville Beckman

Award Name : National Medal of Science

Year of Award : 1989

Award for : Science and Engineering

Location : Cullom, Illinois, United States


Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at California Institute of Technology, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity, later considered to have "revolutionized the study of chemistry and biology". He was born on April 10, 1900 in Cullom, Illinois, United States. Beckman attended the University of Illinois, where in 1922 he completed his graduation in chemical engineering and the following year his masters in physical chemistry. He started a PhD program at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena in 1924. He was given esteemed honors and awards for his accomplishments. In 1987 he became the 65th inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, OH, and in 2004 he earned its Lifetime Achievement Award. In1988 he won the National Medal of Technology. The following year the former American President, George H. W. Bush presented Beckman the National Medal of Science Award. He died on May 18, 2004 in La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States.

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