Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Years 1
Growing up in North Carolina. Siblings. Working at age ten. Influence of Arnold Bolen. Decision to pursue chemistry.
College Years 4
Scholarship to Wake Forest University. Double major in chemistry and math. Working as a lab assistant. Research without advanced instrumentation. Graduate school in organic chemistry at Duke University. National Science Foundation fellowship. Minor in physics. Dianion research.
Union Carbide 12
Recruitment. Decision to take job at Union Carbide. Assigned projects. Work on vinyl acetate process. Research on rhodium. Acrylic acid work. Selection as technical witness in lawsuit. Participation in intellectual property disputes.
Oxo Process 23
Importance to Union Carbide. Presentation of technology. Rhodium triphenylphosphine catalyst. Propylene hydroformylation. Phosphite chemistry.
Research and Development 30
Fundamental research in an industrial setting. Importance of continuing education. Strategies in experimentation. Scientific innovation. Emphasis on teamwork. Difficulties of regulation.
Retirement in 2000. Winning the Perkin Medal. Family.