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Family Background and Youth 1
Growing up in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Summer jobs delivering furniture. Childhood curiosity with science. Harold B. Brumbaugh and the decision to attend Juniata College.
Higher Education 3
Attending Juniata College. Developing an interest in analytical chemistry. Early spectroscopy work. Choosing Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for graduate school. Selecting an advisor. Thesis work about emission spectra of naphthalene compounds.
Early Career 5
Working as a teaching assistant at MIT. Working at Lehigh University. Summer positions at United States Steel Corporation and Sun Oil Company, Inc. Position of analytical chemistry at Lehigh. Building a spectrofluorometer at Lehigh. Interest in photo-induced luminescence. Advising graduate students. Return to Juniata. Receiving funding for and carrying out undergraduate research.
Professorship at MIT 11
David N Hume. Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. State of analytical chemistry in MIT. Interest in chemiluminescence. Use of computing resources and image intensifier tubes. Instrumentation including Kai Siegbahn's electron spectrometer. Zeroing out magnetic fields. Consultation for the Central Intelligence Agency, Instrumentation Laboratories, W.S. Merrill and Company, and Exxon Mobil Corporation. First exposure to electron spectrometry for chemical analysis (ESCA). Contact and collaboration with Siegbahn and Stig Hagstrom. Visit to Uppsala University. Use of ESCA and XPS (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). Work on heterogeneous catalysis. Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to study at Northwestern University with Robert L. Burwell Jr.
University of Georgia 24
Decision to move to Georgia. Composition of Georgia chemistry department. Instrumentation at Georgia. Sources of funding for research. Study at Northwestern. Attending the International Catalysis Society Meeting.
University of Pittsburgh 28
Catalysis research. Decision to move to Pittsburgh. Instrumentation at Pittsburgh. Consulting with W.S. Merrill and Exxon. Development, funding, and establishment of surface science center at Pittsburgh. John T. Yates Jr. Collaborations with Milton L. Lee at Brigham Young University and Leon Petrakis at Gulf Research Center. Use of ESCA for surface analysis. Use of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), ion scattering spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy. Transition to the use of mass spectroscopy. Consulting for Leybold-Heraeus. Use of laser microprobe mass analyzer (LAMMA) matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). Winning the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Prize.
Vanderbilt University 37
Transition to working at Vanderbilt. State of Vanderbilt chemistry department.
Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) 38
Initiating the electron spectroscopy GRC. Asilomar Conference on Electron Spectroscopy. David A. Shirley. Namur conference. GRC funding.
Reflections on current research using SIMS and MALDI. Polymer research. Reflections on the state of analytical chemistry.