Title and Description Page
Family and Childhood 1
Thinks highly of his school teachers. Benefits from The Book of Knowledge. Works for father after school. Interest in electricity inspired by Edison's influence in Ohio and The Electrical Experimenter magazine.
Case Institute of Technology 3
Choice to attend is arbitrary. Begins in electrical engineering but soon switches to physics. Astronomy professor Nassau very influential—assists to find job and convinces to write bachelor's thesis in astronomy. Master's in physics.
The Dow Chemical Company 7
Nassau recruits. Goes through student training course, gaining exposure to many different departments. Begins work in X-ray crystallography department; moves to Grebe's group in Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) as expected. Britton's Organic Laboratory. Burned in explosion in carbon disulfide plant. Devises ASTM test for heat distortion of plastics. Develops technique for direct observation of polychlorostyrene single molecules. Travels a great deal during World War II to develop special cables. Becomes director of PRL. Contact with Willard Dow. Member of executive research committee. Direction of plastics research and development under Branch. Publishes article on dependence of transition temperatures on chemical structure in polymers. First exposure to styrene through light and heat sensitivity. Dissatisfied with new financially based management style. Becomes director of U.S. Area Research and Development in Polymer Science and first Dow Research Fellow.
Michigan Molecular Institute 30
Research and writing flourishes. Lectures at Soviet and Polish Academies of Sciences.
"The Other Raymond Boyer" 36
Interesting experiences abroad due to existence of Canadian chemist with the same name.
Controversy over Order in Amorphous Polymers 39
Conflict with Flory, who maintains that amorphous polymers are free of order. Encourages continued experimental research on multiple transition behavior of atactic polystyrene and liquid-liquid transition and gelation. Despite disagreement, regards Flory as premier polymer scientist.