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Early Years 1
Born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina; family's involvement in chemistry and education; Little's love of small-town life; segregation in the South; discussion of beginnings of Research Triangle Park.
College Years 5
Matriculated at Lenoir-Rhyne College; considered Duke University's combined B.S. and MD degree, but decided against medicine when interviewers lit up cigars; discussion of state colleges and technical institutes in North Carolina system; facilities in undergraduate chemistry laboratory; inspiring professors; majors in mathematics, chemistry,and biology.
Graduate and Postgraduate Years 7
Enters University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on one of the first year of Morehead Scholarships; discussion of James Motley Morehead III and the Morehead Scholarships; completes a Master's degree in physical chemistry but switches to organic chemistry for his Ph.D.; William Kenan's discovery of acetylene gas at the University of North Carolina, and his ties to James Morehead; founding of Union Carbide Corporation. Had a one-year postdoc at University College London, where he was interested in aromatic nitration.
Early Faculty Years 15
Spent one year co-teaching a class at Reed University. Interested there in apocynol. Recruited back to University of North Carolina. Worked there on ferrocene, which led to interest in organometallic chemistry. Worked on analogs of Vitamin B12.
Research Triangle Park 19
Asked to help establish Research Triangle Park. Spent two years recruiting companies to expand into RTP. First induced Research Triangle Institute, then Chemstrand Corporation to join Park. Discusses importance of county identity in North Carolina.
Became Vice Chancellor of Research Administration under the dean of the graduate school; gained extensive knowledge of all parts of University. Next, five years as Chairman of chemistry department, where he oversaw huge growth, revised curriculum, built a new building, won a Science Development Grant, established term limits on chairmanship, established merit pay. Spent five years as head of Research, Development, and Public Service Office, where he established University-wide capital funds drive, and exceeded the goal.
Sacrifice of his own chemistry career. Future of academic chemistry. Discussion of screening companies that enter the Park; zoning into research and research applications. Relationship of Park with the University of North Carolina; relationship with individual faculty members; relationship with Research Triangle Park Foundation; relationship with North Carolina government. Responsibilities of Foundation; change expected change when remaining 10% of land is sold; renovation of existing Park facilities. Helping other North Carolina areas develop their own parks. Foundation's profits of $40–50 million used to support joint programs of University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.