Title and Description Page
Childhood and Education 1
Family background, father's business college. School at Braddock, Pennsylvania. Chemistry studies at Grove City College, sophomore year at Carnegie. Chemical engineering at Case. Faculty at Grove City and Case, colleagues.
Employment at Union Carbide 6
Laboratories at Charleston, West Virginia; organization and assignments. Early years of organic chemical engineering. Product development of commodity chemicals.
Wartime Government Service 12
War Production Board and transfer to the Office of the Rubber Director. Duties and colleagues. Process development and product quality of GR-S. Details of wartime research and development programs, individual contributions. Cold rubber.
Postwar experience; Office of Synthetic Rubber 20
Postwar concerns about natural versus synthetic rubbers. Chief of Research and Development, effect of Korean War. Details of cold rubber development, gel content, chain regularity. Conversion of production capacity to cold rubber. Oil-extended rubber. Disputes with General Tire & Rubber Company, testifying in patent actions. Masterbatch rubber. Stereoregular rubbers. Wind-down of government rubber program. Major players in the enterprise, lessons of the program and analogies to synfuel proposals.
U.S. Army research Office 42
Duties at Army Research office. Relations with universities, anti-war sentiments. Retirement.