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Arnold Orville Beckman

1900 - 2004

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Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) 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 also developed the DU spectrophotometer, "probably the most important instrument ever developed towards the advancement of bioscience". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arnold Orville Beckman has received more than 128,108 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Arnold Orville Beckman is the 335th most popular inventor (down from 297th in 2019), the 9,182nd most popular biography from United States and the 93rd most popular American Inventor.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, Arnold Orville Beckman ranks 335 out of 355Before him are Peter Cooper, Christopher C. Kraft Jr., Harold Eugene Edgerton, Roger C. Field, Robert S. Langer, and Richard Pearse. After him are Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Atkinson, Lawrence Hargrave, Arunachalam Muruganantham, Elizabeth Holmes, and Marc Andreessen.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1900, Arnold Orville Beckman ranks 241Before him are Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Ricardo Cortez, Mildred Gillars, Charles Farrell, Alice Calhoun, and Alice Terry. After him are Malvina Reynolds, John McEwen, Alan Bush, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Edna Best, and Gertrude Mary Cox. Among people deceased in 2004, Arnold Orville Beckman ranks 236Before him are Frances Dee, Tesfaye Gebre Kidan, Robert Bacher, Veerappan, Jacek Kaczmarski, and Ol' Dirty Bastard. After him are James Aloysius Hickey, Ugo Ferrante, Iris Chang, Charles Dumas, Mehmood, and Paul Nitze.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Arnold Orville Beckman ranks 9,182 out of 15,968Before him are Virginia Davis (1918), Francis James Child (1825), Jesse Metcalfe (1978), RZA (1969), Alice Terry (1900), and Adam Schlesinger (1967). After him are Terry Southern (1924), SZA (1990), Mireille Enos (1975), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1989), Greg Bell (1930), and Genevieve Tobin (1899).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Arnold Orville Beckman ranks 93Before him are Walter Frederick Morrison (1920), John F. Seitz (1892), Peter Cooper (1791), Christopher C. Kraft Jr. (1924), Harold Eugene Edgerton (1903), and Robert S. Langer (1948). After him are Elizabeth Holmes (1984), Marc Andreessen (1971), Charles F. Kettering (1958), Wendell Brown (1961), Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922), and Jeff Cronenweth (1962).