Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Parents' farm in Maynard, Iowa. High school years.
College Education and Early Career 4
Difficulty finding a job in chemical field after receiving Bachelor's Degree. Marriage. Graduate school at the University of Iowa. Search for work in industrial field.
Standard Oil 6
Beginnings in exploratory research. Work on aromatic carboxylic acids. Research and development. Initial work on terephthalic acid.
Career at Amoco Chemical Corporation 8
Development of Amoco process for making dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). Amoco's beginnings in polyester feedstock. Development of process for purifying terephthalic acid (TA).
PTA Production 11
Refinement of PTA (purified terephthalic acid) process. Process patent. Development of commercially acceptable way to produce PTA. First commercial PTA plant. Development strategies.
Management, Development, and Marketing 15
Managing PTA technical service group. Customer working relationships. Product development. Process to make paramethyl styrene. William M. Burton Award. National Medal of Technology. Taking risks to succeed in the marketplace.
Retirement and Final Thoughts 20
Views on the future of research and development. Thoughts on new technological breakthroughs. Retirement. Winning Perkin Medal.