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Richard Perkin founded Perkin-Elmer in 1937, which manufactures optical components and systems.

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Richard Perkin

Richard Perkin and Charles Elmer founded Perkin-Elmer in 1937.

During World War II, the company supplied optical components and systems for the U.S. military, including cameras, periscopes and bombsights. (Photo: OSA Archives)

(Courtesy of OSA Archive)