Title and Description Page
Youth and Education 1
Growing up near Vienna, Austria. Pharmacy as the family profession. University of Innsbruck Pharmacy degree. Growing interest in organic chemistry. Lone organic chemistry student. World War II. Appointment at University of Innsbruck. Post-war university experience.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6
Summer Program for foreign students. George Buchi. The American academic system. Post-doctoral fellowship. Post-war MIT. Chemistry department reforms under Arthur C. Cope. Analytical spectroscopy tools.
Mass Spectometry 12
Natural product synthesis. Research shifts to mass spectrometry of peptides. Conversion of peptides into polyamino alcohols. Logistics of running the mass spectrometer. Alkaloid structure determination. Expanding the early applications of mass spectrometry.
Academic Life 23
Book about mass spectrometry. Tenure. Difficulty publishing the structures of alkaloids determined by mass spectrometry. Using IBM punched cards. Writing computer code. National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants. First NIH Mass Spectrometry Facility grant.
Funding from NASA 28
Working with samples from space. Work with Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Building instruments for a Mars lander.
Analytical Chemistry 35
Arthur C. Cope leaving. Research Laboratory of Electronics. Only analytical chemistry faculty member. Importance of defining analyticalchemistry as a unique division.
History and Current State of Mass Spectrometry 40
Early mass spectrometry at universities. Current levels of computer automation. Environmental uses. Anti-doping. Tandem mass spectrometry.
American Society of Mass Spectometry 53
Began attending in 1958. Informal settings. Evolution of the meetings.
Scientific Innovation 57
Computers. Internet. Resolution. Nobel Prize for mass spectrometry. Advancement in space research.