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Paul W. Morgan

  • Born: August 30, 1911, West Chesterfield, New Hampshire
  • Died: May 28, 1992

  Interview Details

Interview no.: 0033
Interview Date: March 15, 1986
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Interviewer: Herman Skolnik
No. of pages: 53
Minutes: 90

  Abstract of Interview

Paul Morgan starts the interview by describing his childhood in Maine and his family background, high school, and early interests. After undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, Morgan did graduate research at Ohio State University on naturally-occuring plant pigments and continued with postdoctoral work on cellulose derivatives. He describes his DuPont investigations of the synthesis of polymers, with particular emphasis on interfacial polycondensation. Incorporated into the interview are Morgan's reflections on scientific publication from an industrial setting.


1937 B.S., Chemistry, University of Maine
1940 Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Ohio State University

  Professional Experience

Ohio State University

1937 - 1940 Teaching Assistant, Chemistry

Ohio State University

1940 - 1941 DuPont Fellow

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

1941 - 1946 Research Chemist

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

1946 - 1957 Research Associate

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

1957 - 1973 Research Fellow

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

1973 - 1976 Senior Research Fellow


1959 Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society
1976 Polymer Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
1976 Howard N. Potts Medal, The Franklin Institute
1977 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
1977 Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society
1978 Engineering Materials Achievement Award, American Society for Metals
1978 Swinburne Award, Plastics and Rubber Institute of Great Britain
1978 Kenneth Hertel Lectureship, University of Tennessee
1979 W. H. Rauscher Memorial Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1979 Midgley Award, Detroit Section, American Chemical Society
1982 Honorary Member, The Fiber Society
1986 Delaware Section Award, American Chemical Society
1987 Whitby Memorial Lectureship, University of Akron
1988 World Materials Congress Award
1988 Carothers Award Lecture, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society

  Table of Contents

Title and Description Page

Childhood 1

Family background. High school and boyhood interests. Brother and his career.

University studies 12

Professors at University of Maine. Graduate study at Ohio State University. Plant pigments. Marriage, life at Columbus. Colleagues at Ohio State. Cellulose derivatives. Abstracting.

Career at DuPont 30

Rayon Laboratories, move to Experimental Station. Scientific publication from industry. Polymer synthesis. DuPont colleagues. Interfacial polycondensation and Kevlar. Retirement, family. Review articles.

Notes 48

Index 50

  About the Interviewer

Herman Skolnik

Herman Skolnik received a B.S. in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Hercules, Inc., as a research chemist in 1942, and served as a divisional research manager from 1952 until his retirement in 1979. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Chemical Documentation, and has published over 200 papers and four books, including A Century of Chemistry, the centennial history of the American Chemical Society.

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