Arnold Orville Beckman

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Birthday
10, 1900
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
May 18, 2004 (104)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
10, 1900
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
May 18, 2004 (104)

About

Nobel Prize-winning chemist who is widely credited with revolutionizing the field of chemistry by inventing the acidity-measuring device known as the pH meter. He served as a professor at the California Institute of Technology and founded the laboratory instrument company Beckman Instruments.

Before Fame

He was born in the farming village of Cullom, Illinois. He began experimenting with chemistry at age 9 after finding the textbook Fourteen Weeks in Chemistry.

Trivia

As a high school student, he spent nights playing piano at movie houses and with various local bands.

Family Life

He married his wife Mabel in June 1925.

Associated With

He shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics with electrical engineer John Bardeen.