Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Background of the Fuller and Souther families. Early interest in radio encouraged by uncle. Schooling in Chicago and developing liking for chemistry at high school. Influence of a physics teacher and scholarship to the University of Chicago.
Employment in the Chemical Industry and University Studies 5
Routine chemical analysis. Two year period of undergraduate study. Return to General Chemical Company, transfer to the Chicago Tribune. Summer classes at the University of Chicago; lectures from visiting scientists. Continuation as graduate student. W. D. Harkins as research advisor for project on magnetic susceptibility.
Bell Laboratories 20
Interview by R. R. Williams and position at Bell Labs. Effects of the Depression. Initial assignment on wire insulation and early polymer chemistry research. Synthesis and x-ray crystallography. Bell Laboratories organization in the thirties. Development of polymeric materials, especially in electrical applications.
Washington, D.C. and the Synthetic Rubber Program 31
Personalities and organization in the Rubber Program. Debye and early Gordon Conferences. Alleged novel rubber processes; a trip to Hollywood movie set, and a 'polyisoprene' synthesis. Further governmental responsibilities.
Return to Bell Laboratories 41
Organizational changes. Decision to move from polymer science to solid state chemistry. Diffusion in crystals. The photovoltaic cell. Work with Chapin and Pearson.