WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 29, 2002

                                PerkinElmer, Inc.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Massachusetts                        1-5075                     04-2052042
(State or other Juris-            (Commission                  (IRS Employer
diction of Incorporation)         File Number)               Identification No.)

45 William Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts                         02481
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                          (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (781) 237-5700

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

     This Current Report on Form 8-K is filed by PerkinElmer, Inc., a
Massachusetts corporation (the "Company"), in connection with the matters
described herein.


     On October 29, 2002, the Company announced that it had reclassified the
results of its Fluid Sciences business unit as continuing operations. During
October 2001, the Company's Board of Directors approved a plan to sell the Fluid
Sciences business unit, at which time the business was reflected as a
discontinued operation in the Company's consolidated financial statements in
accordance with Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 30, Reporting the
Results of Operations -- Reporting the Effects of Disposal of a Segment of a
Business, and Extraordinary, Unusual and Infrequently Occurring Events and
Transactions ("APB No. 30"). As such, the Company has reclassified the results
of its Fluid Sciences business unit into its results from continuing operations.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: October 29, 2002                 PERKINELMER, INC.

                                       By: /s/ Terrance L. Carlson
                                          Terrance L. Carlson
                                          Senior Vice President, General Counsel
                                          and Clerk