Title and Description Page
Family and Undergraduate Education 1
Parents (Frank and Clara Rea). Brother. Family finances. Early chemical influence. Scholarship to the University of Chicago. Other chemistry students. Courses. Offer to attend graduate school.
Graduate Education at the University of Chicago 6
Financial support. Advanced organic chemistry text. Research problem. Morris Kharasch, research director. Other graduate students.
Industrial position at DuPont 11
Research at DuPont. Paper on pyridine reduction.
Instructor at the University of Chicago 13
Research director for Kharasch. Salary at Du Pont and Chicago. Chairman at Chicago. Running the Kharasch group. Kharasch's relations with other chemists. Kharasch's students. James Senior. Frank Westheimer. George Wheland. Influential organic chemists and physical organic chemists. Journal of Organic Chemistry. Halogenation of toluene. Competitive nature of Kharasch. Chemical Reviews article with Walling. Courses taught. Ph.D. students and their research problems. Leaving Chicago.
U.S. Rubber 25
Location and description of laboratory. People in group. Research problems. Management support for basic research. Change in management attitude after World War II. Academic consultants. Chemical Reviews article on copolymerization with Walling.
Organic Mechanisms Conference 32
Change in Kharasch's research directors. Status of free radical polymerization mechanisms in 1930.
GE Research Laboratories 35
Structure. Coworkers. Oxidation of olefins. Silicones.
SRI International 36
Research. Financial support of research. Oxidation of polyolefins. Academic offers. Research on polymer aging. Basic research on practical problems. Contract arrangements with companies for basic research.
Transformation of Organic Chemistry 41
Kharasch contributions. Kharasch during and after World War II. Effect of World War II on organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry. Solvolysis studies.
Academic-Industrial Interface 45
Two major career breaks. Cheves Walling and his move from DuPont to U.S. Rubber. Kharasch's inability to place students in academic positions.