Title and Description Page
Childhood and Education 1
Family history. Problematic birth. Pyloric stenosis. Experiences at Winton and Moordown School in Bournemouth. First chemistry lesson. Using his home chemistry lab to make a bomb. Academic prowess. Acceptance into Balliol College, University of Oxford and the start of World War II. An industry of national importance. Signals Research and Development Establishment. Professor Neil Kensington Adam. University College Southampton. Work at the British Gas Board. Kenneth Edward Hayes and Professor Robert B. Dean.
Graduate Research at the University of Oregon 11
Traveling to the United States. The language barrier. Eugene, Oregon and the Deans. Master's degree. Biochemistry and meeting the future Mrs. Neville. Courtship and marriage of Jeanne and Roy. George Gorin and coordination compounds. Ph.D. work.
Early Employment 23
American-Marietta Company. Peter Gordon Howe. Monsanto Chemical Company. Becoming a U.S. citizen. Entrepreneurial work with Joe Majnarich. Boeing Airplane Company. Lockheed Missiles & Space Company. Money issues. Aerospace Corporation. Tom Dudek. Sol Skolnik. Marion Thomas O'Shaughnessy. North American Aviation Inc. HC3. Bechtel Corporation.
Life as a Consultant 35
Work with Krebs Engineers. Founding of Engineering and Technical Consultants, Inc. Homestake Mining Company. Kerr Magee Corporation. Investing in Montana 8, Texas 9, and Texas 10.
Health Problems 42
Chest pains during a trip to Bournemouth. Baby aspirin and an operation. Angioplasty. Having a quintuple bypass. Diagnosed with Paget's disease and prostate cancer. An important call to Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts from his hospital bed.
The Rare Book Collector 50
Start of collection. Book Collecting as a Hobby in a Series of Letters to Everyman. Elsevier Press. Robert Boyle. Jeanne's interest in and support of collecting. The Sceptical Chymist. Decision to sell collection in 1965. Dealing with rare book dealers. Franz Sondheimer. Macquer's Dictionnaire de Chymie. William A. Cole. Sondheimer's visit to Neville's private library. Arnold Thackray. Sondheimer's suicide. Competition with other rare book collectors. Denis Duveen.
The Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library 70
Cataloguing the collection. Growth rate of collection. Linda Hall Library. Selling the collection to the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Gordon E. Moore.
Interest in engravings and art. Alchemical paintings. Daughters, Laura and Janet. Reflections of childhood experiences in Bournemouth during World War II.