Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education in Neisse 1
Family background. Effects of World War I on family. Secondary school at Realgymnasium. Bar Mitzvah.
Education in Munich 6
Reason for selecting Technische Hochschule. Speakers at Munich Chemical Society and decision to study organic chemistry. Art classes at the university.
Research Assistantship in Davos, Switzerland 8
Influence of Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. Lecture by Kögl. Rejection for graduate study by Kögl and Butenandt. Reasons for wanting to go to United States. Wife's family background and career. First research project isolating phosphatidic acid. First awareness of cholesterol molecule. Rudolf Schoenheimer. How lipids become major interest.
Doctoral Studies at Columbia University 17
Acceptance of three publications for Ph.D. degree. Crystallization of N-methylcysteine monohydrochloride. Brief employment at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Nitrogen-15 research. Introduction to biochemistry. Initial interest in biosynthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids.
University of Chicago 25
Reasons for moving from New York. Development of interest in mechanism of protein synthesis from amino acids. Discovery of acyl-CoA. Competion with Lynen, work leading to Nobel Prize.
Harvard University 31
Change in teaching style. Reasons for leaving Chicago. Channon paper on squalene. Shark hunting and research in Bermuda. Research with Leopole Ruzicka at ETH Zürich. Reaction to Nobel Prize. Refusal of offer to become first biochemistry professor at ETH. Chairmanship of Chemistry Department. Appointment at School of Public Health.
Later Research Interests 38
Nutrition. Role of oxygen in metabolism and evolution. "Aqua bionde" phenomenon in Venetian painting. Views of difference between biochemistry and molecular biology and The Human Genome Project.