Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Grandparents. Moving from Texas to Arkansas. Influence of parents. Attending Willisville High School.
College Education and Graduate School 3
Decision to attend Arkansas State Teacher's College. Intent to teach home economics. Becoming a chemistry/physics double-major. Influence of chemistry professor. Campus activities. Fellowship at University of Arkansas. Interest in radiochemistry. Marie Curie as a role model. Working with Raymond Edwards. Research for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Radioisotopes. Marriage and family.
Louisiana State University (LSU) 8
Decision to join the faculty at LSU in Baton Rouge. Colleagues. Learning to teach. AEC grants. Iodine chemistry and sulfur chemistry with Sean McGlynn. Colleagues at LSU. Managing the radiochemistry laboratory. Moving to the New Orleans campus. Interest in spectroscopy. Becoming Boyd Professor. Friction between LSU campuses. Returning to Baton Rouge campus. Materials science program. Relationship between chemistry and engineering.
United Oil Products (UOP) and AlliedSignal 23
Recruitment as vice president and director for research at UOP. Modernizing computer equipment. Corporate merger. Becoming AlliedSignal. Joint ventures.
American Chemical Society (ACS) 30
Involvement in local sections. Meetings and Expositions Committee. Election to Board of Directors. Running for president. Publications Committee. Chairman of the Board. Influence on Chemical Abstracts Service.
Government Roles 34
Appointment to National Science Board by President Carter. Impressions of the National Science Foundation. Joining President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Problems of technology policy. Support of AlliedSignal. Becoming Under Secretary for Technology in Department of Commerce. Government support for R&D.
Working for Venture Capital Investors. Consulting. Awards and honors. Family.