Richard Scott Perkin
At an early age he developed an interest in astronomy, and began making telescopes and grinding lenses and mirrors. He only spent a year in college studying chemical engineering before he began working at a brokerage firm on Wall Street.
During the 1930s he met Charles Elmer when the latter was presenting a lecture. The two had a mutual interest in astronomy and decided to go into business together. In 1937, they founded Perkin-Elmer as an optical design and consulting company. Richard served as president of the company until 1960, then became chairman of the board.
Perkin was married to Gladys Frelinghuysen Talmage  who became CEO after he died. A decade later, Gladys commissioned a commemorative history to be written. 100 copies were printed and distributed to friends.
- Fahy, Thomas P., Richard Scott Perkin and the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, 1987, Perkin-Elmer Print Shop, ISBN 0-9618075-0-4.
- "Perkin, Chairman of Optical Firm, Dies on Business Trip". Physics Today. 22 (7): 112. July 1969. doi:10.1063/1.3035658.
- "Paid Notice: Deaths: PERKIN, GLADYS TALMAGE". NY Times. 1 December 2001.
- "Richard S. Perkin". Pittcon Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 11, 2005.
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