Dr. Arnold O. Beckman

You may be wondering about the "Beckman" in the Beckman Scholars Program. If you've spent any time around research labs, or even classroom labs, you have probably seen the Beckman name on various pieces of equipment and wondered if there was any connection. There is, indeed!

The Beckman Scholars Program was the brainchild of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Dr. Arnold Beckman (1900-2004) was a renown scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He invented the first pH meter and easy-to-use ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometers, and pioneered advances in preparative and analytical ultracentrifugation, just to name a few of his monumental contributions to laboratory science. You can learn more about Dr. Beckman at Wikipedia and in his biography on the Beckman Foundation website.

Rules for Success – Arnold O. Beckman, PhD

  1. Absolute integrity at all times.
  2. There is no satisfactory substitute for excellence.
  3. Everything in moderation…including moderation itself.
  4. Only by taking risks do you make progress.
  5. Never do anything to harm others.
  6. Never do anything for which you will be ashamed later.
  7. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

These are the ideals upon which Dr. and Mrs. Beckman created the Beckman Scholars Program, and for which Beckman Scholars should strive.