Title and Description Page
Early Education 1
Growing up in rural Minnesota during the Depression. Family lumber business. High school teacher sparks interest in science, despite poor facilities. Athletics.
University of Minnesota 7
Rooming with brother, college athletics. Move to college of engineering and decision to major in chemistry. Faculty and influence of Lee Irving Smith.
University of Illinois 11
Ph.D. program with Carl Marvel. Wartime rubber program. Colleagues and junior faculty. A memorable softball game. Laboratory facilities and incidents.
Postdoc with Cope at MIT 18
Situation at MIT, new organic faculty. Research on cyclo-octatetraene.
Wayne State University 21
Assistant professor at Wayne. Neil Gordon and Herbert Brown. Teaching load, start of own research school. First all-cis-diene polymer.
University of Maryland 26
Research professorship. Chemical Corps and ACS committee. Ladder polymers. Monomers that expand on polymerization. Applications.
American Chemical Society 33
Regional activities in ACS. Policy as President. Public affairs and the image of chemistry. Chemistry and college students. Polymer education and fashions in chemistry. Journals. Changes in organic and polymer chemistry over career.