The Instrumental Chemist Film Screening and Talkback

March 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

“Today there are pH meters everywhere, centrifuges are everywhere, chromographs are everywhere. . . . It is hard to go in a room in a laboratory, in a chemistry laboratory in any university and not see something that had its origins in an Arnold Beckman instrument.” —Harry Gray

Join us for a screening of excerpts from a brand-new film about the life and legacy of chemist and entrepreneur Dr. Arnold O. Beckman. Fueled by savvy business acumen and an insatiable curiosity about the world, Beckman invented scientific instruments that revolutionized entire fields of study, from air-pollution monitoring to virus research.

After the screening we’ll have a lively discussion with the researchers and filmmakers behind the project. They’ll explore questions surrounding individual genius versus collaboration, what it means to do your part to bring more understanding to the world, and how scientific instruments both limit and expand the possibilities of discovery.

Refreshments will be served at a post-event reception. 

Tickets for this event are free, but registration is required.

For more information, contact Alexis Pedrick at apedrick@sciencehistory.org.


About the Project

In their lifetime Dr. Arnold O. Beckman and his wife, Mabel, built the technological and organizational infrastructure that supported new breakthroughs in science. Through their legacy of philanthropy they continue to do so. Researchers on the Beckman Legacy Project are working to understand the role Arnold and Mabel Beckman have played in today’s research landscape through studies of the institutes and the award program that carry their name.

The Arnold O. Beckman Legacy Project is made possible with generous funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Image credit: Science History Institute.