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Family Life, Education, and Early Career 1
Parents' background. High school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Harvard University. Introduction to Richard S. Perkin. Joining Perkin-Elmer, Inc. Interest in all things technical. Perkin-Elmer Instrument News for Science and Industry.
The Perkin-Elmer Years 4
Impressions of Richard S. Perkin. Max D. Liston. John White. Van Zandt Williams. R. Bowling Barnes. Model 12 and Model 21. Sales. Involvement with E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company. Television industry. Trip to Radio Corporation of America. Howard H. Cary. Ultraviolet region. On-line infrared (IR) instruments. Development of gas chromatography. Warren Electronics.
Connecticut Instrument Company (CIC) 10
Charles W. Warren. Contract for Sidewinder dampers. Ultrasonic machining. R. Norman Jones. Cavity cells. CIC as an infrared accessory company. Funding of CIC. Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. Eastern Analytical Society. Attenuated total reflection (ATR). Sale to R. Bowling Barnes.
Wilks Scientific Corporation 12
N. James Harrick. Attachment with a multiple reflection ATR. Work on gas chromatography infrared spectroscopy. Myron J. Block. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy instruments. Relationship with R. Bowling Barnes. Wilks Scientific products and markets. Anthony C. Gilby. Rivalry between Perkin-Elmer and Beckman Instruments, Inc. Circular variable filters. Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. and Rolf F. Illsley. Emissions testing. Wilks Scientific as instrument company. Problems with Perkin-Elmer. MIRAN 1A. Sale to Foxboro Company. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
General Analysis Corporation (GAC) 20
Management style. Meeting Arnold O. Beckman. Facilities in Milton Keynes, England. Problems with workspace testing. Needs of the beverage industry. Retirement at age seventy. Donald K. Wilks.
Wilks Enterprise, Inc. 23
Fat analyzer. EPA and freon. In-line sensors based on IR. InterBev. Beer industry. Beverage dispensers. Applications for the auto industry. Discussion of future products and markets.
More thoughts on Perkin-Elmer, Inc. 27
Joint Committee on Atomic and Molecular Physical Data and JCamp-DX. Computers and IR. John White and the White cell. Perkin-Elmer optics department. Perkin-Elmer's efforts in infrared. Atomic energy project. Reflections on Van Zandt Williams. Coblentz Society. Development of Model 21. Norman Wright. Competition between instrument companies. Key developers of Model 21. Discussion of Perkin-Elmer's customers. Success of Perkin-Elmer. Funding of Wilks Scientific.
Reflections on the Field and Final Thoughts 37
Thoughts about available technologies. Switch from liquid to gas analyzers. General Analysis Corporation. Retirement in 1993. GAC board of directors. Competition between IR and other types of instruments. Importance of the evolution of electronics to IR. Rise of near-infrared. Final thoughts on career.