Beckman Named to Inventors Hall of Fame

Orange County industrialist Arnold O. Beckman was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony in Arlington, Va., for his invention two generations ago of a meter to measure acidity and alkalinity.

The 86-year-old founder of Fullerton-based Beckman Instruments Inc. attended the invitation-only induction and accepted a plaque and medallion from John R. Kirk Jr., president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Beckman made his fortune from a series of inventions dating back to 1935, when he was still a member of the faculty of Caltech in Pasadena. His acidimeter, patented in 1936, enabled Southland citrus processors to gauge the acidity of citrus juices.

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