Our History

Celebrating 75 Years of Making Life Better

On behalf of our 7,600 employees, we are proud to celebrate the 75th year of the PerkinElmer brand. We invite you to explore this special anniversary section where we reflect on our rich heritage of scientific innovation and how we have made life better over the last seven decades, including commemorating the innovative and passionate minds that have made our significant impact possible. Through applying our full spectrum of innovative technologies and using our critical knowledge and expertise, we continue to drive improved results for better decisions. In collaboration with our customers and business partners, we are eager to continue to improve human and environmental health over the next 75 years – for the better.

Watch CEO Rob Friel and members of his senior team ring the NYSE Closing Bell in honor of our brand's 75th anniversary.


Employee Highlights

Hear their perspectives


Our Innovators Then and Now

Meet past and present innovators

Then and Now Facts

THEN: In the 1960’s, the Carling Brewing Company of Cleveland, Ohio used the new Perkin-Elmer atomic absorption spectrophotometer to discover that bottled beer was contaminated by miniscule fragments of copper from the brewing kettles. 

NOW: Today, Long Trail Brewing of Vermont uses the Clarus® SQ8 to help maintain high quality standards for its craft beers - refreshing PerkinElmer solutions that continue to refresh even today.

THEN : In the 1950’s, our aerial panoramic camera lenses were capable of recording the entire state of Pennsylvania in two flyovers, with resolution that enabled one to count the autos on the Penn Turnpike. 

NOW: PerkinElmer’s sophisticated imaging technology enables discoveries at a cellular level, advancing critical areas of science such as disease research and drug discovery.

THEN : Perkin-Elmer pioneered computer-aided chemistry with the introduction of the first microprocessor-controlled infrared spectrophotometer in 1975. 

NOW: We are now market leaders in electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) and software, providing over two million scientists worldwide with these technologies which replace paper laboratory notebooks.

A 75 year history of innovation

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A long-time leader in the scientific community, PerkinElmer has a rich history of innovation and making life better through major scientific industry-defining strides in human and environmental health.

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