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There is not a
pharmaceutical
manufacturer that doesn't
have our instruments
-most of the world's
vaccines exist because of
Wyatt Technology."
PHIL WYATT
Founder Wyatt Technology

W H E N P H I L W YAT T A N S W E R E D a phone
call several decades ago on a business line he kept alive for
a dead company, he didn't expect the caller would forever
change the life of Goleta's best-known physicist.
He was wrong.
The call led to the founding of Goleta-based Wyatt
Technology, a family-owned company that has grown to
employ about 140 people today and is a leading developer
and manufacturer of laser-based light scattering and
related instrumentation...in the world.
"There I was in 1981, sort of unemployed," Wyatt
recalled about the closure of his first business venture in Santa Barbara County. That company, Science
Spectrum, shut down after about 20 years of operation

because he couldn't compete with the big pharmaceutical
companies, their money or patent attorneys at the time.
Wyatt recalled taking his family on a cruise to "forget all
the misery of starting a great company that died" and as the
vacation ended, he received a call on the Science Spectrum
line. "I never changed that phone number," he said. "It was a
call from the Department of Defense. I had won a contract."
Wyatt took the contract-using a laser to determine
whether liquids, such as water, contained carcinogens,
mutagens or metabolic poisons-and ran with it. He has
never looked back. "We study molecules and particles.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it?" the 87-year-old quipped, adding work done at Wyatt Technology turned out to be more
exciting that anyone thought.

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