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Family Affair

‘Twas the night before Pittcon, when Frank Laukien, president, CEO and chairman of Bruker Corporation, accompanied by his daughter, stepped up on stage to receive the Pittcon Heritage Award on behalf of his father, demonstrating that the German giant is still very much a family affair.

Günther Laukien (1924 – 1997) was recognised for “delivering potent new research tools through his pioneering advancement and globalization of NMR and other important analytical technologies”. Indeed, beyond NMR, Bruker’s worldwide growth through the 1970s allowed them to expand into mass spectrometry – technology that dominated Pittcon press releases from Bruker and competitors alike.

Günther Laukien is the latest in a line of prestigious inductees into the Pittcon Hall of Fame, which includes: Genzo Shimadzu Sr. and Jr. (2012), for their early innovations at Shimadzu; George and John Hatsopoulos and Arvin Smith (2011) for their parts in the meteoric rise of Thermo Electron; Walter Jennings (2010) for his work in gas chromatography, later to the benefit of Agilent Technologies; and Alfred Bader (2009) for establishing the Aldrich Chemical Company. Amgen, Bio-Rad, Horiba, Perkin-Elmer… Going back through the last 11 years, the winners of the Pittcon Heritage Award put context behind many of the analytical powerhouses we know today.

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