Roll Over Image to Zoom ‹ Back to Collection

Perkin-Elmer Model 214 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer

  • ca. 1962–1966
  • Manufactured by Perkin-Elmer Corporation
    Made in Norwalk, CT
  • 10 in. H x 51 in. W x 15 in. D
    Metal, iron, plastic, glass
  • Not on display
  • Gift of the Bodenseewerk Perkin-Elmer Museum of Instrumental Analysis, Überlingen, Germany
  • Bodensee Collection
  • 2002.003.008A-C


Spectrophotometers determine the composition of a solution (or the concentration of certain substances within a solution) by measuring how the solution absorbs a particular wavelength of light. By varying the wavelengths in each measurement, one can take a spectrum of a solution and ascertain the composition. More advanced spectrophotometers can measure beyond the visible spectrum, providing readings for ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths.

Search Our Online Collections

Arnold O. Beckman

CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry was started with a generous grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 1987.



Distillations Podcast logo
Listen to the latest episodes of CHF’s award-winning podcast.

Support CHF

Help us preserve and share the history of chemistry and related sciences. Make a tax-deductible tax-deductible gift online.

Meet the Othmers