Spectrophotometer, Cary 14

Henry Howard Cary (1908-1991) was a graduate of the California Institute of Technology who joined the National Technical Laboratories (later Beckman Instruments) in 1935, and made important contributions to the design of the DU spectrophotometer. In 1946, he and two others established the Applied Physics Corporation, a firm that specialized in the design and manufacture of Cary spectrophotometers. Varian Associates bought Applied Physics in 1966, and renamed it Cary Instruments.
The Cary 14, introduced by the Applied Physics Corporation in 1954, was the first commercially available double beam recording spectrophotometer. There were two forms: the UV-VIS which operated over the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared regions; and the 14B which in the further infrared.
Ref: Henry H. Cary, “Spectrophotometer,” U.S. Patent 3,022,704 (Feb. 27, 1962).
Applied Physics Corp. ad in Analytical Chemistry 30 (Jan. 1958): 54A.
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Applied Physics Corporation
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United States: California, Pasadena
cabinet: 90 cm x 122 cm x 76 cm; 35 7/16 in x 48 1/16 in x 29 15/16 in
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Transfer from NIH
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History


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