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Childhood and Education 1
Father's and mother's origins. Childhood interest in science and mechanics. Attending Cornell University. Father's role in World War II. Interest in War research. Nuclear research at Los Alamos National Research Laboratory. Attending the University of California at Berkeley. Sputnik's influence on academic research. Infrared spectrometry at Berkeley. Ph.D. thesis work.
The Army and Harvard University 12
Working in the Ballistic Research lab at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Joining the Harvard University faculty. Elias J. Corey. Receiving NIH funding for his double-resonance experiment. Robert B. Woodward. Ways to obtain NSF and NIH funding. William G. McMillan. Attending the seminars for young researchers.
Experiences at Stanford University 19
Moving to Stanford. Fourier transform NMR and pulse-NMR experiments. Deciding that NMR had reached its limits. Performing cyclotron experiments at Stanford. Getting a contract from NASA. Teaching at Harvard. Reasons for his interest in ICR. ICR within the context of mass spectrometry. The Omegatron. Collaborative work with Varian Associates, Inc. Jay Henis. Industrial consulting for Monsanto. Working with Merck. Working with Carl Djerassi.
Military Science during the Vietnam War 29
Assessing American tactics in Vietnam. The people sniffer. Tunnel detection with ground-penetrating radar. Working on PSAC. Working with the U.S. Navy Riverine Forces. The Hamlet Pacification Index. Reflections on the Vietnam War's results.
Working in the U.S. Government 33
Lee A. DuBridge. The usefulness of PSAC. Working under various U.S. presidents. The creation of the NEPA and the EPA. The politics of supersonic transport. Working on national security committees. Experimenting with radioisotopes at Stanford. Science in the Nixon administration. The "Berlin Wall." Working for NIH. The War on Cancer and the expansion of the National Cancer Institute. Work with China and the USSR.
Caltech Research and Commercial Ventures 45
T. Y. Shen. Work with liposomes. Building an angular-correlation instrument. Implanting tumors in mice for liposome tests. The creation of Vestar, Inc. H. S. Tsien's funding of Vestar. E. M. Warburg Pincus & Company. The downside of working with venture capitalists. Cancer imaging. Jill Alder's anti-fungal work. NeXstar, Inc. QuanScan, Inc. Affymetrix, Inc. Vestink and DNA chips. Combion, Inc. Pasadena Entretec and UCSD CONNECT for new entrepreneurs. Working as an advisor on various government committees. The Science and Technology Board.
The differing structures of advisory boards. The U.S. government's apathy towards foreign-oil dependence. Why advisory committees succeed or fail. Gulf War Syndrome. How QuanScan was formed. The Cryopharm Corporation and freeze-drying blood. The story of Combion. The Drug Royalty Company. GeneSoft, Inc. Working with the venture capital community. Language Weaver, Inc. The significance of the Department of Homeland Security. The anti-terrorism panel. Winning the ACS Award.