righettiProfessor Pier Giorgio Righetti of the Polytechnic of Milano Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering was presented with the inaugural Arnold O. Beckman Award and Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separations on Monday, February 13 2012 during the 27th International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations and Analyses in Geneva, Switzerland.

"My life as a scientist started with a Beckman DU single-beam spectrophotometer," Prof. Righetti reflected. "Little did I know then that Beckman was the name of the inventor, a California scientist who had engineered not just this most useful instrument, or that years later, I would be grateful to the man and the company for their contributions to the growth of science, for their generous foundation offering grants to young scientists and for this most recent honor."