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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation


Last profile update: 06/12/2017
Last grant data update: 04/20/2018

At A Glance

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

100 Academy

Irvine, CA United States 92617-3002

Telephone: (949) 721-2222


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business






Incorporated in 1977 in CA - Founded by the late Arnold and Mabel Beckman. Arnold Beckman founded Beckman Instruments in 1935 with the production of a pH meter he invented. A forerunner of modern electrochemical instrumentation, the scientific instrument simplified and expedited acidity and alkalinity measurements. Beckman Instruments grew to become one of the world's leading suppliers of instruments to the health care market. In 1981, Beckman merged with SmithKline Corporation of Philadelphia to form SmithKline Beckman Corporation. In 1989, Beckman became independent again.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation makes grants to program-related, nonprofit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and life sciences, broadly interpreted, to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research in science.