PerkinElmer was founded by Charles Elmer and Richard Perkin in 1937. The company operated originally as an optical design and consulting company and transitioned to the analytical instruments business in 1944.
In 1999 the company merged with EG&G Inc. The new company kept the PerkinElmer name.
Today PerkinElmer designs, produces, and markets equipment used by researchers to identify and treat diseases as well as analyze food products and identify contaminants in air, water, and soil.
PerkinElmer trades publicly on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PKI, is a member of the S&P 500, is #920 in the Fortune 1000, has 7,700 employees, and had $2.24 billion in revenue in 2014.