Title and Description Page
Early Career 1
Experience at DuPont. Importance of teamwork. Influence of Roger Adams.
Family Background and Education 2
Parents. Growing up in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Financial situation. High school science. Encouragement of uncle. Decision to attend Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. First job at Rohm and Haas. Decision to pursue graduate studies.
Graduate School 5
Choosing the University of Illinois. Working with Roger Adams. Laboratory research. Interactions with Carl Marvel, Reynold Fuson, and Ralph Shriner. Language studies.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company 7
Working in Experimental Station. Isolthiocyanate. Becoming group leader. Polymerizing caprolactam. Polymerizing polyethylene. Teflon. Fluorochemistry. Polyesters and polyamides. Decision to leave.
General Aniline and Film Corporation 14
Becoming Director of Research. Administrative challenges. Developing Glim.
M.W. Kellogg Company 16
Synthol. Developing KEL-F. Relationship with Pullman Company. Selling KEL-F to 3M.
Olin Corporation 18
Moving to Olin Corporation. Influence of John M. Olin. Introducing Head and Shoulders. Work on plastic shotgun shells and spiral-wound lightweight shotgun. Composite metal coinage. Production of polyurethanes.
Importance of teamwork. Shift to administration. Winning the Chemical Industry Medal. Leaving Olin. Working with son in World Water Resources, Inc. Role of Nature. Relationship with Wallace Carothers and Julian Hill. Family. Induction into National Inventors Hall of Fame.