Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
German ancestry. Parents, and father's authorship of books on sporting dogs and historical fiction. Brothers. High school education at St. Mary's Institute. Decision to study chemical engineering.
Undergraduate Education 4
St. Mary's Institute (University of Dayton). Professor Wohlleben. Courses and textbooks. Summer work at Dayton Metal Products. Charles Kettering. Thomas Midgley, Jr. T. A. Boyd. Degree in chemical engineering. Ph.D. thesis.
Dayton Metal Products 6
Work on antiknock compounds. Lead tetraethyl. Cyclohexane pilot plant. Catalyst research. Octane number development. Kettering's leadership. Lead poisoning. Marriage. Early personal objectives. Charles A. Thomas. Use of bromides to remove engine lead residues.
Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories 12
Formation. Development of fire extinguisher. Competitors. Contract with General Motors. Synthetic Rubber. Freon refrigerant. Ad in Fortune. Working relationship with Thomas. Crap game used to get payroll funds. Morton Salt. Lynn Watt. Origin of Monsanto connection as customers. Carbon remover for the Alemite Corporation. Synthetic detergents. Edgar Queeny. Purchase of Thomas and Hochwalt by Monsanto.
Early Work at Monsanto 18
Independence. Service on Executive Committee. Monsanto in the late 1930s. Development of synthetic detergents and fibers. Styrene pilot plant in Dayton. Acrylonitrile pilot plant in Dayton. The detergent All and Westinghouse.
Pre-Monsanto Days at Thomas and Hochwalt 22
Standard of New Jersey. General Motors. Santolube. Mead Paper Company. Ault and Wiborg Printing Company. National Distillers Company and quick-aged whiskey. Orange peel in laquers. Consulting fees. Laboratory fire. Staff recruitment.
Research at Monsanto 27
Moving Monsanto into petrochemicals, detergents, and fibers. Rubber Reserve. Styrene production in World War II. Development of Acrilan. Chemstrand. Comparisons between directing research at Thomas and Hochwalt and Monsanto.
Comments and Personal Thoughts 33
Bikini atomic bomb test. Advice to those entering the chemical industry. Coming importance of biotechnology.