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Arnold O. Beckman 1900 - 2004

The Illinois native and UI graduate whose inventions in scientific instruments eventually led to $400 million in donations to scientific research -- including the UI's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology - died Tuesday May, 18, 2004, at the age of 104.

AM 580's Jay Pearce talked about Beckman's life and legacy with Beckman Institute director Pierre Wiltzius on Morning Edition.