In my recent post about Agilent at the movies, I asked for more examples where Agilent equipment can be seen on the screen. Several employees answered my call.
David Edwards remembers a specific episode of CSI: NY. In “The Real McCoy” (Season 9 Episode 10), an Agilent ExoScan Series FTIR helps show that a nightclub owner was purchasing cheap vodka and passing it off as high-end stuff.
David Edwards, Badr Astiphan and Ryan O’Hearn all spotted Agilent in one of 2015’s biggest movies. In “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must survive on the red planet with only his limited supplies.
Watney’s living environment includes the Hab (short for “habitat”), which he uses as a greenhouse to grow potatoes. And the Hab’s equipment includes an Agilent (then HP) 5890 gas chromatograph!
I can’t post photos directly. But you can see our instrument in this YouTube video, just about dead-center at the 0:32 and 0:44 second marks. And this photo in The Martian Wiki shows our GC. (It’s in the illuminated spot near the left.)
Finally, Jim Hollenhorst reminded me of a classic movie where our product (then HP) is even mentioned by name!
“My Cousin Vinny” from 1992 includes a courtroom scene where District Attorney Jim Trotter III (Lane Smith) questions FBI analyst George Wilbur (James Rebhorn).
Trotter: “What kind of equipment did you use to find this out?”
Wilbur: “I used a Hewlett-Packard 5710A Dual-Column Gas Chromatograph with flame ionization detectors.”
Trotter: “Uh huh. Is that thing turbocharged?”
Wilbur: “Only the floor models.”
You can view that scene in this YouTube video starting at the 0:58 second mark.
Keep sending me your fun facts and stories about Agilent!
For more information go to:
- Agilent at the Movies! (Television too!)
- Son of “Agilent Goes to the Movies”
- The Martian (Internet Movie Database)
- The Martian | Hab Environment (YouTube)
- The Hab (The Martian Wikia)
- My Cousin Vinny (Internet Movie Database)
- My Cousin Vinny: Mr. Wilbur examination (YouTube)
- Agilent Company History
- Agilent Gas Chromatography