Chad Mirkin interviewed in “The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Curiosity of Arnold O. Beckman”

By Mark Heiden

August 10, 2020

The Instrumental Chemist is a new documentary from the Science History Institute about six instruments that changed scientific research and the man who brought them to the world, Arnold O. Beckman. The film includes perspective from Chad Mirkin, the IIN’s Director, as well as experts from many other disciplines whose work benefitted from Beckman’s inventions and philanthropy.

From The Science History Institute:

In the first half of the 20th century, innovators combined electronics with chemistry, to make new measuring instruments that extended our senses into the world of minuscule molecules—into the chemical domain. In the hands of many researchers, scientists, and engineers, these electronic chemical instruments changed our world. At the dawn of this instrumentation revolution entered a crucial scientist-entrepreneur: Arnold O. Beckman. Throughout his life, Beckman developed a multitude of innovative scientific instruments. He built a thriving business that made those instruments readily available for use in industry, Nobel Prize–winning research, and life-saving medicine. Later in life he donated much of his fortune to advance science. His legacy lies not only in the instruments he created, but in how those instruments continue to expand our view of the world. This is his story.

The documentary is available to rent or buy on several streaming platforms.