Title and Description Page
Early Life and Education 1
Childhood near Boston, Massachusetts. First exposure to chemistry in high school. Chemistry major at Boston University. Service druing Korean War.
Career at Union Carbide 3
Position with Union Carbide after discharge from service. Early involvement with Ziegler-Natta catalysts. Marriage and birth of first child. Graduate studies with Gardner Swain, studying statistical thermodynamics and organic chemistry at MIT. Return to Union Carbide and early catalysis work. Development of gas phase process for making high pressure polyethylene replacement products. Translation of gas phase process technology to commercial operations. Worldwide licensing of linear low density polyethylene process. Extension of technology into synthetic rubbers. Collaboration with Shell Chemical Company to produce gas phase polypropylene, and licensing of developed process. Kinetic and analytical studies to understand the fundamental principles and mechanisms of polymerization. Discussion of catalyst requirements and testing.
Recollection of College and Graduate Career 17
Professors at Boston University. Papers published at MIT.
Discussion of Union Carbide History and Professional Philosophies 19
Publishing attitudes at Union Carbide and professional role as spokesman for technology. Progression through research ladder positions at Union Carbide. History of linear low density polyethylene development at Union Carbide, Phillips Petroleum, and Standard Oil. Development of Ziegler-Natta process versus Phillips slurry process. Significance and history of UNIPOL process and worldwide licensing. Teamwork at Union Carbide and role of loners. Discussion of Perkin Medal address, "The Roots of Innovation." Philosophies on overcoming setbacks and failures. Union Carbide's development across career and strong support for R&D. Opinions on the future of R&D and the chemical industry.