Title and Description Page
Early Years 1
Parents' background. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio. Parents' emphasis on education. Family relocation to Los Angeles. Influence of high-school chemistry teacher. Attending college at Caltech.
Education and Graduate Work 4
Linus C. Pauling, Ernst H. Swift, and H. L. Lucas. Selecting University of California at Berkeley for graduate studies. Kinetics work with Axel R. Olsen. Environment at Berkeley. Receiving Ph.D. in 1942. Wendell Latimer.
Early Career 9
Working with Manhattan Project. Plutonium research using models. Cerium sulfide. Sending crucibles to Los Alamos. Impervium. Analyzing oxygen content of plutonium. Using platinum. Acceptance of research.
Research Work 17
Thermodynamics. Editing the standard Thermodynamics canon. Sabbatical at Imperial College. Nitrogen work. Cuprous chloride polymers. Predicting electronic configuration of actinides. Ceramics, astronomy, and geology research. Teaching method.
Career at Berkeley 27
Joining faculty. Courses. Graphite studies. Testing students. Quality of today's students. Disseminating Neils Engel's research.
Scientific Papers 34
Metallurgic research. John Kouvetakis. Molybdenum predictions for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Thermodynamics. Need for using models in scientific research.
Support and application of research work. Cost of publishing books. Future of research. Future of chemical education. Funding cuts.