Title and Description Page
Childhood and Influences 1
Growing up in New Zealand. Developing interest in chemistry. Early education. Economic hardship and having to work at a young age.
Education at University of New Zealand 3
Studying part-time and working as lab boy and janitor. Influence of Bobby Monro and developing interest in inorganic chemistry. Master's thesis on sulfur nitride. Desire to study in England.
Education at University of Wisconsin 7
Fulbright Scholarship. Adapting to American educational system. Becoming a Knapp Fellow. Dissertation research on radioactive tracers under Norris Hall.
Education at University of Cambridge 12
Initial impression. Influence of and working with H. J. Emeleus. Silicon hydride work. Reflection on social class structures.
Career at University of Pennsylvania 18
Government funded work on propellants. Studying silicon analogues of carbon compounds. Nobel research on conducting polymers with Hideki Shirakawa and Alan Heeger. Importance of interdisciplinary research. Current research directions. Involvement with University of Texas and other institutions.
Outlook on future of polymers. Other applied research directions.