Wallace H. Coulter

Wallace H. Coulter

Wallace H. Coulter (1913 – 1998) was a prolific inventor, an innovator and entrepreneur. Wallace developed the Coulter Principle in the 1940s and it is the reference method for counting and sizing particles suspended in a fluid. The most impactful of his 85 patents, the Coulter Principle led to major breakthroughs in science, medicine and industry. Wallace, with his younger brother Joseph R. Coulter, Jr., founded Coulter Corporation and together led this private, preeminent, global diagnostics company for more than 40-years. In 1997, the company was sold to Beckman Instruments and became known as Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Biography

Biography

Wallace Coulter was a very private individual. Compared to other giants of American enterprise, little is known, published by, or about him. His story is a tapestry of accounts, told by those who knew him.

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Company

Company

Wallace founded Coulter Corporation and with his younger brother, Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. ran this private global diagnostics company for more than 40-years.

Legacy

Legacy

Coulter entered the technology and medical revolution, and was destined to be as important a figure as he was inconspicuous.

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Wallace In History

Wallace Coulter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1913. The world had barely entered the golden age of invention, travel and communication. These times featured both the significant and trivial. Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity, Insulin was created, McDonalds was launched and Super Glue was invented. Humanity witnessed two world wars, each considered the war to-end-all wars. The United States doubled in population, while the world population more than tripled. Man set foot on the moon, and sent a satellite beyond the borders of its solar system. Take a stroll through time and learn what Wallace was doing as the world was changing…

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Wallace Coulter Timeline Highlights

  • 1700

    1700

    Coulters arrive in Augusta County, VA from Europe.
  • 1890

    1890

    Joseph Coulter, Sr., is born in Marie, AR.
  • 1911

    1911

    Joe Coulter and Minnie Mae Johnson marry.
  • 1912

    1912

    Joe Sr., and Minnie Mae move back to El Dorado, AR.
  • 1913

    1913

    Wallace Henry Coulter is born.
  • 1915

    1915

    Coulter family living in Black Hawk, CO.