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Childhood, Family History and Early Education 1
Born in Utica, New York. Father dies and mother remarries. Stepfather heads Cook Academy, the first high school in the U. S. to be attended by Chinese students. V. K. Wellington Koo. Stepfather moves to Keuka College. Hurd attends numerous schools and enjoys all sciences.
Undergraduate Education and Early Professional Experiences 6
Majors in chemistry and physics. Influential professors and early laboratory work. Chemical Service Sector research at American University during World War I with L. W. Jones. Summer job working with Thomas Edison for Naval Consulting Board in Orange, New Jersey. Meets future wife.
Graduate Education 14
Works with Jones and Izaak M. Kolthoff. Synthesizes triphenylacetohydroxamic acid and ketenes. Ph.D. thesis and early nomeclature work. Pyrolysis.
Instructorship at the University of Illinois 17
Interactions with Carl S. Marvel, Roger Adams and Wallace Carothers. Innovates methods to increase yield of ketene. Students. Anecdote about Lewisite. Recruited to Northwestern University by Frank Whitmore.
Early Career at Northwestern University 22
Whitmore's career at Northwestern. Hurd starts committee of American Chemical Society to study improvements of nomenclature. Discusses problems and importance of nomenclature. Promotions to Morrison Professor and Clare Hamilton Hall Research Professor of Organic Chemistry. Authors book on pyrolysis of carbon compounds.
Academic Activities, Consulting and Teaching 29
Begins work on sugar chemistry. Consultancies with industry. Whitmore's Institute of Chemistry at Northwestern and leadership of the chemistry department. Graduate students. Molecular Models. Journal of Organic Chemistry and Morris Kharasch.
Thoughts on the Public Perception of Chemistry 39
Chemophobia in the media. Amadeo Avogadro: The Other Amadeus. How to communicate the positive aspects of chemistry to non-chemists. Writing for encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Work on mustard gas during World War II. Carbon suboxide and levulinic acid. Ozonolysis of triple bonds. Cyclooctatetraene. Spectrophotometry and NMR. Deuterium tracer work in pyrolysis. Patents and colleagues.