Title and Description Page
Family and Childhood 1
Parents stress education. Grows up in Baltimore. Attends public schools. Intense high school education encourages interest in chemistry. Attributes both self discipline and poor handwriting to elementary school.
Johns Hopkins University 6
Convenient location influences choice of school. Few scholarships available during Depression. Receives A.B. and Ph.D. in seven years. First exposure to philosophy and psychology. Very strong freshman chemistry course. Tough qualitative analysis course. Interest in physical chemistry but no formal courses. Teaching assistant. Works with Reid on sulfur chemistry, accident permanently affects sense of smell. Works in x-ray lab for a while. Considers catalyst lab work rote. Chooses to do graduate work with Patrick, measuring zeta potential of silica gel with silver-silver chloride electrode, also determining molecular composition of sulfur monochloride dissolved in various solvents. Stays an extra year assisting freshman chemistry and working in lab since jobs scarce during Depression. Interest in developing reversible oxygen electrode. High quality faculty, but reduced because of Depression and school's bankruptcy. Must scrape for and build own equipment.
Loyola College 17
Teaches physical chemistry laboratories. Also consults for the Colloid Corporation, working on emulsifiers for food products. Applies to the Department of Agriculture.
United States Coast Guard 21
Gets position in analytical laboratory of Federal Lighthouse Service on Staten Island. Marries. Becomes interested in corrosion.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute 22
Assistant professor of chemistry. Directs physical chemistry labs. Very limited research opportunities. Teaches chemistry to participants in Army Specialized Training Program.
United States Navy 23
Enlists but is assigned to Manhattan District Project materials group. Travels to labs across country, ensuring against experimental duplication, following deterioration studies of flourine on nickel, and suggesting certain experiments. Description of K-25 plant and nickel corrosion worries.
University of Texas at Austin 24
Teaches chemistry and colloid chemistry. Continued interest in corrosion and deterioration. Consults for Lone Star Gas Company. Develops interest in inhibitors and passivity. Converts magnesium plant into Corrosion Research Laboratory. Support from the Research Corporation and Office of Naval Research.