Title and Description Page
Family Background 1
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, seventh of eight siblings. Parents had immigrated from Italy. Family values, hard work and education. Childhood jobs, effects of Depression on family.
Early Education and Family Learning Environment 4
Catholic elementary school, Cornwall Collegiate Institute (high school). Influence of high school teachers. Brothers' professional successes. Influence of brothers' interest in science. Childhood writing and inventions.
McGill University 11
Writing epigrams for Saturday Evening Post. Influence of Professors. Development of Infinitron Theory. Chemistry courses, lab work, honors courses. Lab assistantship at Pulp and Paper Institute.
American Viscose 17
Position at American Viscose in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Impressions of Philadelphia area. Wife. First assignments in war-related projects. Cellulose chemistry work, early patents, first papers. Invention of microcrystalline cellulose; opposition to his novel ideas. FMC buyout of American Viscose; closing of Marcus Hook plant.
FMC Corporation 27
Transfer to Central Research Department, Princeton, New Jersey, and assistant director appointment. Non-scientific books for Prentice-Hall and books on polymers, general chemistry, and mental drugs. Development of Avitene Microcrystalline Collagen for use as hemostat. Creation of Avicon by FMC and Alcon to develop and market Avitene.
Move to Fort Worth, Texas, and appointment as vice president for science and technology. Clinical work on Avitene to meet FDA requirements. ACS Grady Award for writing. Promotion of competitive Olympiads of Science at ACS awards and after; support from H. Urey, H. Mark, and W. C. Stone. Knowledge Magazine. Decision to take early retirement.
O. A. Battista Research Institute 46
Prototype for Olympiads of Science Institutes. Consulting projects, staff. New products with commercial value; trademarks.
Outside Interests 49
American Institute of Chemists. Songwriting and ASCAP membership. Olympiads of Knowledge. Views of chemistry, creativity, innovation, and organizational politics.