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Education and United States Army Service 1
Initial thoughts before the beginning of the oral history interview. Born in Chicago in 1916. University of Chicago. Civilian work in U.S. Army Signal Corps. Active service beginning 1943. Technical liaison officer between the Manhattan District and Standard Oil Company (Indiana). Introduction to mass spectrometry.
Beginning of Mass Spec work 12
Standard Oil Company (Indiana). Mass spectrometry instrument work. Quantitative analysis of low-boiling hydrocarbons and fixed gases. Synthetic rubber industry. Consolidated Engineering Corporation.
Reflections on the History of Mass Spectrometry 17
Earliest mass spectra. Development through the 1930s. Early contributions at California Institute of Technology. Instrumentation.
Standard Oil Company (Indiana) 21
E. B. Tucker and Henry Grubb. Mass Spectrometry. Measuring the ion current. Instrumentation. New building allowed more precise measurements. Analog computers. Metastable peaks. Herbert C. Brown. Fredrick P. Lossing.
Protonated cyclopropene. Deuterated Toluenes. Paul Rylander. Publishing. Justifying basic research in an industrial setting. Ellis Fields. Mike Karabatsos. Leonard C. Leitch. Harold Hart. Fausto Ramirez.
Continuing Research 42
Applied research. Growth of the mass spectrometry group. Corporate Management. Community of scientists. Layoffs and cut-backs in the early 1960s. Tropylium research. Carbon-13 labeling. Deuterium labeled chlorine compounds.
The Discipline of Mass Spectrometry 58
Instrumentation Assuming simplicity. Thermochemical measurements. Introduction of computers. American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Progression of discipline. Proprietary instrumentation. Intellectual property. Organizational structure within Standard Oil Company (Indiana). Establishing international collaborations.