Voices from Pittcon

Not only is Pittcon a place to meet potential customers, but it is a place to get new ideas from people who drop into the booth. It’s also a place to check up on your competitors!

Paul L. Wilks, Jr in his 2002 oral history

Lives Focused on Instrumentation

Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition on laboratory science,  is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Since 1990 the James L. Waters Symposium has been an annual component of the Pittcon technical program honoring pioneers of scientific instrumentation.   CHF  has been lucky to conduct oral history interviews with many people who discuss their experiences at Pittcon throughout the years.  A number of these interviewees are members of the Pittcon Hall of Fame, past Waters Symposium honorees, or recipients of the Pittcon Heritage Award.  Please also see the Mass Spectrometry Oral History Project, sponsored by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.




* indicates a Pittcon Heritage Award Winner



Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry

Women in Chemistry

Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate their life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science. 

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.


Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Meet the Othmers