Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Born in Concord, Vermont. Father's work in the Vermont school system. Attending Highgate High School. Initial interest in chemistry. Undergraduate education at the University of Vermont. Donald Gregg. Clinton Cook.
Graduate School 7
Graduate education at University of New Hampshire. Robert Lyle. Harold Iddles. Paul Jones. Lecturing at UNH. Introduction to medicinal chemistry.
Early Career 9
Post-doctoral fellowship with Jerrold Meinwald at Cornell University. Researching cockroaches. Harold Scheraga. Peter Debye. Joining Merck Laboratories. Working with Frank Robinson and Jim Sprague. Drug research at Merck. Gordon Gribble. Producing aromatic hydrocarbons. MK-108.
Moving to West Point 16
Ralph S. Hirschmann. Becoming the head of medicinal chemistry at West Point. P. Roy Vagelos becomes head of research at Merck. Management philosophy at West Point. Considering the mechanisms of action. Various drugs developed at Merck. The DuPont-Merck Pharmaceutical Company. The selling of Merck to Bristol-Meyers Squibb. The future of Bristol-Meyers.
Reflections on winning the Perkin Medal. The importance of federal investment in research. Serving as president of the American Chemical Society. Discussion of his wife and future goals.