Arnold Beckman, Ph.D: Philanthropy

Dr. Beckman was deeply grateful to the scientific community that nurtured his success and, consequently, directed his philanthropic efforts to the life sciences.

Through the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Beckman generously contributed to the advancement of education and research. Their gifts have benefited a number of medical and scientific institutions, including Beckman Auditorium, the Mabel and Arnold Beckman Laboratories of Behavioral Biology, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis, and the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology; the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois; the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope Hospital and Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.; the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic at the University of California in Irvine; the Beckman Vision Center at the University of California in San Francisco; the Arnold Beckman Laboratory and Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.; Stanford University's Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine; the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine; the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry in Philadelphia, Penn.; the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Neuroscience Education and Research Facility at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. Rockefeller University in New York established the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professorship at the University's Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

"I accumulated my wealth by selling instruments to scientists," said a humble Dr. Beckman of his vast philanthropic associations. "So I thought it would be appropriate to make contributions to science, and that's been my number one guideline for charity."