Title and Description Page
Family's history of college education. Life in rural Nebraska during Great Depression. High school chemistry.
College Education 6
University of Nebraska. Agricultural school and land grants. ROTC and Officer Candidate School. Accelerated bachelor's plan in chemistry. World War II combat and awards. Analytical chemistry.
Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Research 18
"University of Nebraska, master's degree. Publishing papers. Cornell University, doctorate work. Organofluorine compounds research. Organic chemistry. University of Iowa post-doctoral research with Ralph Shriner.
The Dow Chemical Company 24
Introduction to mass spectrometry. Early instrumentation. The petroleum industry. Solving problems of the physical research lab. The Gordon Research Conference and gas chromatography. The Bersworth Chemical Company. Directing new Boston research lab. Patenting. Publishing. Mass Spectra Correlations.
The Community of Mass Spectrometrists 46
Sybil Rock. Uncertified Spectra Committee. The research community at Dow. John Beynon. Family.
Principal Investigator 52
Purdue University. Creating new research program at Purdue University. Carl Djerassi. Klaus Biemann. Time-of-flight and direct probes. Roland Gohlke. Consulting for Dow and Hitachi. Reverse geometry. Cornell University. Babu Venkataraghaven. Perkin Elmer dispute. Collisional activation.
Mass Spectrometry Research 73
Early American Society for Testing and Materials community cooperation. First electrospray with Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry. Landmark papers. Competition with National Institute of Standards and Technology. Interpretation of Mass Spectra. Electron ionization. Electron capture dissociation. Top down proteomics.
Recent Research 97
Cornell University. Ammonium tartrate and succinate. Carsten Reinhardt's Shifting and Rearranging. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Conferences and meetings. Impressions of various notable peers.