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

  • 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.

  • 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 seminar will be scheduled in early fall 2016.

  • New Microscope for EM Resource Center

    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]

  • Symposium: The Beckman Institute at 25

    We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Beckman Institute and Harry Gray's 80th birthday on November 12th and 13th with a symposium and gala dinner. Watch here for pictures from the celebration.[More]

  • New Director of the Biological Imaging Center

    09/03/13: Andres Collazo has joined the Beckman Institute as Director of the Biological Imaging Center. [More]

  • New Pilot Program

    09/03/13: A new Pilot Project proposed by Long Cai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will start October 1. [More]

  • New Resource Centers

    09/03/13: Two ongoing BI programs have been approved to become full Resource Centers beginning this year. The Molecular Observatory and the Programmable Molecular Technology Center. [More]

  • New Facilities

    09/03/13: The Caltech Center for Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis (3CS) and a facility for maintenance and housing of zebrafish, frogs, and lamprey. [More]

  • New Director for X-ray Crystallography

    6/3/13: Michael Takase arrived today to take up his new position as Director of the BI's X-ray Crystallography Facility. [More]

  • New Pilot Program Projects

    10/1/12: Three new projects in the Pilot Program have been established, in the fields of optogenetics, mammalian cell engineering, and nanoprobes of brain activity. [More]