Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Father's career as vital statistician. Family life. School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Influence of early teachers. Impact of Depression.
College Education 7
Decision to attend Harvard University. Influence of professors, including Louis Fieser and Elmer Kohler. Chemistry department at Harvard. Decision to continue for graduate degree. Studying with Carl Noller and Sir Reginald Linstead. Anti-mustard gas research. Explosives work with Fieser.
Quinine research 25
Working with R.B. Woodward. Accepting position at Columbia University. Working on quinine during breaks. Difficulties with homomeroquinene samples. Relationship with Polaroid. Media coverage.
Teaching at Columbia University 37
Teaching Naval cadets. Relationship with graduate students. Relationship with Louis Plack Hammett. First graduate student. Establishment of Hickrill Chemical Research Foundation. "No mechanism" reaction and the Cope rearrangement. Tropolone work. Carbene research.
Position at Yale University 60
Decision to leave Columbia. Chemistry department. Influence of colleagues.
Joining Council for a Livable World 64
Invitation from Leo Szilard. Supporting political candidates opposed to use of nuclear weapons. Experience in Washington, D.C. Involvement of other scientists. Fundraising efforts.
Consulting Experience 69
Work for Humble Oil, Esso, Proctor & Gamble. Frustrations with consulting. Polyurethane research at Carwin Company.
Move to Harvard University 73
Decision to leave Yale. Influence of Woodward. Research contradicting Woodward-Hoffmann rules. Comparison of Yale and Harvard.
Postdocs. Changes in physical chemistry. Education of Chinese chemists.