Beckman Institute was made possible by a generous gift from Illinois alumnus Arnold O. Beckman and his wife, Mabel. Since 1989, Beckman has been one of the top interdisciplinary research facilities in the world devoted to leading-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and neuroscience. The institute is named after Arnold Beckman, who founded Beckman Instruments and invented the first pH meter. Hungry? Beckman has a café open to the public, located on the first floor.
In addition, Beckman has 2 exhibits on the main floor that showcase the history and conception of the facility. The first exhibit, located in the rotunda, highlights the life of Beckman. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1922 and a master's degree in physical chemistry in 1923. The second exhibit, located in the atrium, displays various instruments designed by Beckman to further advance the fields of science and technology.
Where to next?
Now it's time to head back south. The building just southeast of Beckman is the Computer Systems and Research Lab.