On November 15, 2004, the National Academies sponsored a symposium at the Beckman Center in honor of Arnold O. Beckman. The symposium concentrated on the wide-ranging practical applications of scientific instrumentation as was the focus of much of Arnold Beckmana (TM)s career. The report begins with two presentations: a remembrance by Arnold Beckmana (TM)s daughter, Pat, and an overview of his life and accomplishments by Arnold Thackray, President of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The next section contains presentations on the application of instrumentation in seven, diverse areas: organic chemistry, molecular and systems biology, synchrotron x-ray sources, nanoscale chemistry, forensics, and clinical medicine. Finally, there is a summary of a panel discussion on the evolving relationship between instrumentation and research.
1 Front Matter; 2 PART I - A Daughter's Remembrances--Pat Beckman; 3 Finding the Sweet Spot of Opportunity--Arnold Thackray; 4 PART II - A Lifetime of Experience in the Growth of Modern Instrumentation for Organic Chemistry--John D. Roberts; 5 Molecular and Systems Biology--Leroy Hood; 6 Compelling Science and Synchrotron X-ray Sources--Gabrielle G. Long; 7 Chemistry at the Nanoscale Frontier--Chad Mirkin; 8 Nanoscale Science and Engineering--Michael L. Roukes; 9 Forensic Science and Technology--Robert E. Gaensslen; 10 Clinical Medicine--T. Vincent Shankey; 11 PART III - The Evolving Relationship Between Instrumentation and Research--A Panel Discussion; 12 The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies