The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provided support for Making Modernity, the Arnold O. Beckman Permanent Exhibition. Arnold Beckman was the stuff of legend when he died at the age of 104. A blacksmith’s son, Beckman became fascinated with chemistry as a child, pursued the field of chemical engineering as a student, and produced the first electronic pH meter early in his career. With that creation he began an instrument company and a scientific revolution. As an entrepreneur, inventor, and professor, Beckman participated in the central areas of 20th-century science and society. He was also a philanthropist, making major contributions to science and education through the Beckman Foundation.

Kathryn “Kitty” Hach-Darrow and Bruce J. Hach

Photo courtesy of Dave Giseke, Iowa State University

Kathryn “Kitty” Hach-Darrow and her son Bruce J. Hach established the Clifford C. Hach Gallery for science-themed changing exhibitions in CHF’s museum. Hach-Darrow, who learned to fly planes as a child, and her husband, Clifford C. Hach, founded the Hach Chemical Company in Ames, Iowa, in 1947. After her husband, a chemist, developed a new method for water testing, she brought the product to underserved customers by piloting her planes to small towns in remote areas, where she provided technical training and on-site problem solving. Hach-Darrow and Bruce Hach both serve on the board of directors of the Hach Scientific Foundation.

Masao Horiba

Photo courtesy of HORIBA, Ltd.

Masao Horiba proved the exception to the Japanese rule that the nail that stands out gets beaten down. After World War II he left the academic world to establish his own business, which quickly gained a reputation for excellence and became Japan’s leading manufacturer of pH meters. In the 1960s and 1970s Horiba recognized growing concern for the environment and turned his company’s attention to auto-emission measurement devices, which earned global recognition for their superiority. His latest mission is reshaping Japan’s corporate culture to include more “joy and fun.” He is a member of the Pittcon Hall of Fame. Horiba, Ltd., provided leadership support to CHF's 25th Anniversary Initiative campaign, establishing the Masao Horiba Exhibit Hall.

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