Born Feb 17 1913 - Died Aug 7 1998
Means for Counting Particles Suspended in a Fluid
Patent Number(s) 2,656,508
One of the giant corporate players in the field of medical technology
grew from a fundamental invention Wallace Coulter made in his basement
in 1948. The Coulter Principle provided a methodology for counting,
measuring and evaluating microscopic particles suspended in fluid. His
invention led to major breakthroughs in science, medicine and industry.
This principle was the origin of Coulter's numerous inventions, which
revolutionized healthcare and standardized quality control in industry.
Medicine's most prescribed test, the Complete Bood Count, became routine,
affordable, accurate and fast.
Wallace Coulter co founded the Coulter Corporation with his brother
Joseph, where they made significant advances in hematology, immunology,
cytometry, cancer and infectious disease diagnostics and fine particles
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Coulter studied at Westminster College
and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received many awards and
honors, including the IEEE Morris E. Leeds Award (1980), the IEEE Fellow
Award (1983), and the Charles Stark Draper Prize (1988). He supported
scientific research and humanitarian efforts through the work of the