Title and Description Page
Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
Interest in science. Mother's influence on pursuing higher education. Deciding on a major. Developing hobbies. Thoughts on creativity.
Undergraduate degree at University of Nebraska. Stint at Cornell University. Part time work at Lockheed Martin and graduate work at University of California at Berkeley. Pursuing a Ph.D. in experimental physics full time with Alan Portis at Berkeley. Research affiliations with industrial research laboratories.
Career at University of Pennsylvania 20
Decision to stay in academia. Accepting a position at Penn. Role in recruitment and learning from Robert Schrieffer. Setting up research and finding funding. Publishing on Spin-wave theory. Thoughts on graduate and undergraduate teaching. Relationships with funding agencies and picking research projects. Summer research at Harwell, UK and one-year sabbatical at University of Geneva.
Professional Development 32
Learning about and interest in TCNQ. Research community and interest in TTF-TCNQ. Working with small crystals and scientific controversy. Origins of the controversy. Shifting into polysulfur nitride research.
Nobel Prize Winning Work 47
Reading Mort Labes' paper. Collaboration with Alan MacDiarmid. Saturday meetings with MacDiarmid to exchange knowledge. Lessons from TCNQ. Learning about polyacetylene from Hideki Shirakawa in Japan and bringing him to the US. Doping of polyacetylene. Learning about electrochemistry. Winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Career at University of California at Santa Barbara 61
Discussion about the polymer community. Administration position as Vice-Provost of Research. Decision to move to UCSB. Continued relationship with Alan MacDiarmid. Interaction with Schrieffer and other colleagues.
Concluding Thoughts 64
Thoughts on device physics. Commercial potentials and trying to move technology development forward.