Bruker Corporation is a manufacturer of scientific instruments for molecular and materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis. In 2012 it sponsored the Fritz Feigl Prize, and since 1999 the company has also sponsored the Günther Laukien Prize. The company was founded on September 7, 1960, in Karlsruhe, Germany as Bruker-Physik AG by five people, modern optics guenther pdf of them being Günther Laukien, who was a professor at the University of Karlsruhe at the time. The name Bruker originates from co-founder Emil Bruker, as Günther Laukien himself was formally not allowed to commercialize his research whilst being a professor.
In the early 1960s, the company had around 60 employees and was growing rapidly. One of the early success products was the HFX 90 NMR spectroscopy system, with three independent channels and which was also the first NRM system using only semiconductor transistors. 1970s the company was the first to commercialize a superconducting FT-NMR. Later, the company would expand their product range with MRI, FTIR and FT-Raman spectrometers and with mass spectrometers.
In 1968, Bruker shipped NMR systems to Yale University in Connecticut. After that, demand from the United States grew, so Bruker opened an office in Elmsford, New York which marked the start of their US activities.
In 2008 after a corporate reorganization lasting 8 years, all divisions were merged in a unified Bruker Corporation. Günther Laukien died in 1997, his son Frank D. Laukien, is currently the CEO of Bruker.
Laukien, also works for the company. Laukien is a former company executive. In 1964, the company bought the NMR division of the Swiss Trüb-Täuber. Bruker made several offers to take over its supplier Oxford Instruments during the 1970s, but after almost a decade of negotiations, an acquisition was eventually rejected by Oxford Instruments.