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Early Background and Education 1
High school education and influence of father's death. Crane Junior College and falling in love with chemistry. Interest in history of chemistry. Work in Nicholas D. Cheronis' laboratories, University of Chicago correspondence course on qualitative analysis, and work with Fales's Quantitative Analysis. Sarah Baylen. Coursework and experimenting at Wright Junior College. Earning competitive scholarship to the University of Chicago.
University of Chicago 5
Coursework and accelerated schedule. Laboratory experiences. Stieglitz's influence in pursuing doctoral studies and postponing marriage plans. Stieglitz's background, general influence, and encouragement in pursuit of inorganic studies. Place of inorganic studies at that time. Postdoc with Morris Kharasch. Tenure structure at the university and decision to leave. Kharasch's help in securing position at Wayne State University. Neil Gordon.
Wayne State University 11
Appointment and reduced teaching load arrangements. Lab accomodations and beginning of program on steric effects. Meeting Henry Hass and subsequent invitation to lecture at Purdue. Offer of position as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and decision to accept.
Purdue University 14
Reception from faculty. Boranes book and rationale behind research program. Example of asymmetric synthesis: industrial versus academic research. Discussion of early interest in hydrides of boron; work with Norman Davidson; and work with Schlesinger synthesizing aluminum, berylium, and lithium borohydrides.
Work for National Defense Research Committee 19
Research in volatile compounds of uranium. Creation of uranium borohydride and need for large-scale production and testing. Production of sodium trimethoxyborohydride. Sodium borohydride work for Army Signal Corps. Attitude toward patents and licensing.
Post-War Research at Purdue University 24
Reduction studies comparing sodium borohydride and lithium aluminum hydride. Discovery of hydroboration. Reaction of scientific community. Exploration of organoborane chemistry. General asymmetric synthesis program.