Welcome to the Beckman Institute at Caltech. On this website you will find information about our organization, programs and activities, and exciting developments in research. If you are interested in obtaining further details, or in exploring possibilities for new ventures within or supported by the Beckman Institute, or in using any of the Institute’s facilities, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the contact information provided on the various pages here. Suggestions for improving the utility and accessibility of this website are also welcome.

THE BECKMAN MUSEUM. The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (Room 131 in the southeast lobby) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. The museum is open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. [More]

REVOLUTIONIZING SCIENCE. In the BI Auditorium lobby, you will find a touch screen monitor with "Revolutionizing Science" which is an interactive display that includes one-minute video modules highlighting Dr. Beckman's rich life. He was a renaissance man: an accomplished scientist, a bold entrepreneur, civic leader, and world-renowned philanthropist. Throughout his life, Dr. Beckman paved the way for a myriad of scientific breakthroughs. Thanks to his generosity and vision, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation continues to do so today. This monitor, a gift from the foundation, tells the story of Dr. Beckman and the remarkable impact he has made on millions of people around the world.

The Beckman Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center
for research in the chemical and biological sciences.
The Institute was dedicated in 1989 with funds from the
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91125
(626) 395-6811

  • Beckman Institute Seminar Series

    The Beckman Institute presents a series of seminars to provide the Caltech community greater awareness of the capabilities of its resource centers, facilities and pilot programs.

    The next two seminars are:
    • Jay Winkler, Laser Resource Center, Thursday March 23, 1:30 p.m.
    • Barbara Wold, Functional Genomics Resource Center, Thursday April 27, 4:00 p.m.

    All seminars take place in the Beckman Institute Auditorium.

  • The Beckman Institute is undertaking to produce a guide to campus-wide instrumental resources available to the Caltech research community. As a first stage, we have identified mass spectrometry facilties in the BI and elsewhere on campus; a summary of their capabilities with links to their individual websites and managers may be accessed on the menu at the left of this page. We welcome help in expanding this resource to a comprehensive guide to Caltech instrumentation.

  • 1/16/17: We note with sorrow the passing of Dick Marsh, who has been a central figure in X-ray crystallography at the Beckman Institute and Caltech for over half a century. A memorial will take place in the Beckman Institute Auditorium at 4 p.m., Thursday Feb. 9, followed by a reception at Dabney Lounge.

  • 1/16/17: Sonja Hess, founding Director of the Proteome Exploration Laboratory, is leaving Caltech for an exciting new position at MedImmune; we thank her for her great contributions and wish her the best in her future career. A search for a new Director is underway.

  • 1/16/17: The Protein/Peptide Microanalytical Laboratory closed at the end of 2016. Please look at our listing of Campus Mass Spectroscopy Resources for other providers.

  • 04/01/16: The Beckman Resource Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy, led by Grant Jensen, is pleased to announce a new addition to their EM arsenal: an FEI Titan Krios microscope equipped with a phase plate and a direct detector. [More]