In 1981 John R. Leeman and Karl Hildebrand founded Leeman Labs to produce analytical instrumentation based on the promise of Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) [also referred to as Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES)] to identify and quantify the concentration of elements within a sample.
This initial success established Leeman Labs as both an innovator and an expert in ICP-OES and lead the company to endeavor into other realms of atomic spectroscopy adding the DC Arc technique and Mercury Analysis to its line of analytical instrumentation. In 2004 Leeman Labs was acquired by Teledyne technologies to augment Teledyne's existing laboratory and continuous monitoring instruments used in environmental applications, and complement Teledyne Tekmar's organic analysis instrumentation.
Today, its instruments can be found conducting analyses across a broad spectrum of industries and sample types. The usefulness of Teledyne Leeman Lab's elemental analysis instrumentation ranges from agriculture to aerospace and forensics to food in over 50 countries.
The history of Teledyne Leeman Labs is filled with "firsts" in Atomic Spectroscopy. But the past is not only about revolutionary moments, it is also about refinement. It's easy to discern from the timeline of Teledyne Leeman Labs historic milestones, that we have always maintained a balance of innovation and refinement. Over the years the path to excellence in atomic spectroscopy has always led to Teledyne Leeman Labs, and still does.