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F&M Model 700 Dual-Column Gas Chromatograph

  • ca. 1961
  • Manufactured by F&M Scientific Corporation
    Made in Avondale, Pennsylvania
  • 17 in. H x 34 in. W x 19.5 in. D
    Stainless steel, metal, plastic, rubber
  • On display in Making Modernity
  • Gift of Hewlett-Packard
  • IG99:09.001


This model of the gas chromatograph was introduced in the early 1960s and features a thermal conductivity detection system and individual temperature controls for the column oven and the detector.

A chromatograph separates the chemical components of a mixture. The substance moves through a column in either liquid or gas phase and the components are separated by their affinity within the column. Gas-absorption chromatography was developed in the late 1940s, and by the mid 1960s commercial gas chromatographs dominated all forms of chromatography.

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