Beckman, Arnold Orville

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Beckman, Arnold Orville Gender: M
born on 10 April 1900
Place Cullom, Illinois, 40n53, 88w16
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 20°24' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif or s_leocol.18.gif


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 also developed the DU spectrophotometer, "probably the most important instrument ever developed towards the advancement of bioscience". Beckman funded the first transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley. After retirement, he and his wife Mabel (1900-1989) were numbered among the top philanthropists in the United States.

He died 18 May 2004 at the age of 104, in hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

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  • business associate/partner relationship with Shockley, William (born 13 February 1910)

Source Notes

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified to 15.14.20 CST Asc 13Vir20'


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (104 yrs)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (National Medal of Science)