of the giant corporate players in the field of medical technology
grew from a fundamental discovery Walter Coulter made in his basement
in 1948. The Coulter Principle uses pulses of electricity to count
and measure blood cells and other microscopic particles. This
was the basis of Coulter's first big invention, an automated system
to analyze blood. From this beginning, Coulter methodically developed
more ambitious blood tests that could be performed on his expanding
suite of automatic test machines. He co-founded the Coulter Corporation
with his brother Joseph, and formed the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
to support scientific research and humanitarian efforts worldwide.
Currently, Beckman Coulter oversees an ambitious research and
development effort devoted to a wide range of medical fields,
including cancer research.
in Little Rock, Arkansas, Coulter studied electronics at Westminster
College and the Georgia Institute of Technology until the Great
Depression interrupted his studies.