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Family Background 1
Born in coal mining town, Coello, Illinois. Parents become U.S. citizens. Brother and sister. Affect of the Depression on family.
Early Education 2
Elementary school. Influence of high school teacher on decision to go to college. Public Works Administration youth program provides college tuition. High school science and laboratory experiments.
Southern Illinois University 3
Studies to be a high school teacher. Influence of professors. Chemistry courses, textbooks, and laboratory work. Fellow students.
University of Illinois 7
Passes German and French exams. Chemistry instructors. Studies inorganic chemistry with John Bailar. Laboratory instruments. Early research and publications.
Rohm and Haas 13
Impression of Philadelphia. Works on mica project and synthesis of zirconium compounds. Decides to return to academia.
Northwestern University 16
Small number of graduate students in chemistry department. Colleagues. Gets first graduate student. Works on solution kinetics and mechanisms. Collaboration with Ralph Pearson. Disagreement with Christopher Ingold.
Guggenheim Fellowship in Copenhagen 23
Introduced to crystal field theory. Attends international conference on coordination chemistry and meets Walter Hieber. Begins work with metal carbonyls. Collaborates with Arthur Adamson.
Return to Northwestern 29
Inorganic chemistry graduate students. Makes connections with Italian scientists. Helps Luigi Sacconi publish papers in English journals. Reasons for not getting involved with photochemistry. Interaction among unversity departments. Return to carbonyl work.
American Chemical Society Presidency 41
Proposes term limits for committee appointees. Insists on one national meeting. Wants to reduce number of committees. Academic/industrial interface. Represents ACS at Priestley anniversary.
Other Activities 48
Involvement with Beckman Center funding. Opinion on how general and inorganic chemistry should be taught.