Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Parents. High school in Brooklyn. Physics, chemistry, and history teachers. Growing up in New York City. Regents Scholarship.
Undergraduate Education at Cornell 3
History major. Switch to chemistry major. Chemistry courses and instructors. Jacob Papish. Simon Bauer. Jack Johnson. Undergraduate research with J. G. Kirkwood. Undergradute student colleagues.
Service in World War II 7
Meteorology program. Training at Miami Beach, University of North Carolina, and the University of Chicago. Assigned to U.S. Signal Corp. Meteorological equipment maintenance in the South Pacific.
Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Work at Cornell 9
Thesis work with Franklin Long. Introduction to polymers. Courses with Kirkwood, Richard Feynman, and Hans Bethe. Student colleagues. Baker Lectures. Postdoctoral period with Paul Flory. Early work on polymer crystallinity. Flory's group and research. Collaboration with Harold Scheraga on protein hydrodynamic properties. Difficulties in publishing paper with Scheraga. Flory as research mentor.
National Bureau of Standards 18
Organization of the Bureau. L.A. Wood. Norman Bekkedahl. Scientific and intellectual freedom. Work in polymer crystallinity, glass transition temperatures, and sedimentation equilibria. Polymer Structure Section. Coworkers. Bureau facilities. Reasons for leaving the Bureau.
Florida State University 24
The folded-chain problem. Move to Florida State University. Michael Kasha. Origin and early history of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics. Administrative responsibilities. Book on crystallization of polymers. Difficulties with the folded chain concept.
Polymer Education and Research 30
Introduction to Macromolecules. Polymer education at the undergraduate level. Conformational analysis of peptides. Graduate students and their careers. Scientific controversy and the folded chain problem.