Beckman Lecture

The Beckman Lecture series was established by Professor Peter Dervan in 1985 to honor Dr. Arnold Orville Beckman, Chairman Emeritus of the Caltech Board of Trustees, founder and president of Beckman Instruments, Inc., and nationally recognized inventor, scientist, philanthropist, and business leader. The candidate is selected for their excellence in organic chemistry defined in the broadest sense (synthetic, physical organic, chem biology, organic polymers/materials), by vote of the organic and inorganic faculty of Caltech.