Title and Description Page
Early Years in Inorganic Chemistry 1
First job at Rohm and Haas. The birth of American inorganic chemistry. Teaching at Northwestern University. Persuading Ralph G. Pearson to join the Northwestern faculty.
Development of the Inorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference (GRC) 3
First Inorganic Chemistry Conference. Economics of attendance. John C. Bailar as founder. Helping to organize the first conference. Willis Conrad Fernelius as first chair. Development of conference. Conference format. Keeping attendance numbers low. Industry representation and topics at early conferences. Coordination chemistry as a staple topic. German inorganic chemistry. Lack of funding for attendance by graduate students and faculty. Networking at conferences. Chairing the conference.
Early Involvement with the GRC Organization 12
Concerns about non-chemists attending Gordon Conferences. Expansion of GRC internationally and into other disciplines. Funding for the Inorganic Chemistry Conference from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Interactions with Alexander M. Cruickshank. Tuesday lunch tradition with inorganic chemists on the GRC board.
Dynamics of the Inorganic Chemistry Conferences 16
Conference chair election process. Funding for attendance. Recreation at conferences. Attendance by families of conferees. Conference locations.
Roles in GRC Governance and Management 21
Nomination to council. Election to board of trustees, selection and scheduling committee, and board chair. Development of subfields of inorganic chemistry. Relationship with American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Future of GRC and Inorganic Chemistry 23
Large size of GRC. Central role of chemistry in science. Need for recognition of chemistry. Growth of chemistry and molecular biology.