Title and Description Page
Childhood and Family 1
Siblings. Father's occupation. Relocation from New Orleans to New York City. Early love of sports. Tutoring by an organic chemist.
Undergraduate Years at Yale 4
Preoccupation with golf. A major in chemistry.
Graduate Years at Yale 5
Parental pressure to go into business. Graduate work in chemistry. R. J. Anderson as thesis director and lessons that he taught. The thesis topic.
Initial Encounters at Ohio State University 11
Prof. William Evans. Salary. Teaching assignments. The chemistry faculty at Ohio State. Promotion to assistant professor.
Consulting Work at Upjohn 18
Hired as a consultant. The vitamin A synthesis. Liquid ammonia syntheses.
Early Doctoral Advising 21
Lloyd Joshel. Milton Orchin. Harold Vivian.
Methodology and Innovative Aspects of Teaching 23
Initial experiences in the classroom. "Teach a few things well rather than a lot of things poorly." Importance of showing students the worth of organic chemistry to society. Emphasis upon independent study. The program to acquaint outstanding high school students with the enterprise of chemistry.
Research at Ohio State 29
Polycyclic hydrocarbon work. The general synthesis of benzanthracene derivatives. Pseudoesters and sterifications. Work with sulfuric acid. The application of physical chemistry to specific problems.
Newman Projections 34
The genesis. Its advantages. Three dimensional representation on a flat surface.
Philosophy of Laboratory Instruction 37
Independent work stressed. Accountability for ninety percent yield of products.
More Research and Publishing 38
Steric Effects in Organic Chemistry. Optical activity in hydrocarbons. Aromatic electrophilic substitution. Work with 4,5-dimethylacridine.
Additional Consulting 45
Continental Oil Company. Diamond Alkali. International Flavors and Fragrances. The National Academy of Sciences.
Activity in the Laboratory 47
An eclectic approach. Unsaturated carbonium ions. Work with vinylene carbonate.
A decision that allowed researchers at universities to patent their discoveries. Several patents mentioned.
Modesty. The true award: chemistry well done.
Advice to Students 56
The value of persistence. Give graduate students the opportunity to use individual initiative. The Rule of Six is a qualitative aid.
Research and Funding 59
Monomethyl ether. The necessity to research "useful" topics.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Students 62
Advice about career orientation. The students' success and commitment. Students from varied backgrounds. Foreign students.
Philosophy of Administration 66
Advocacy for strong departmental chairmen. Separate teaching and administration on the departmental level. Considerations about tenure. Abuses in the granting of tenure.
Philosophy of Teaching 72
Encourage independence and initiative on the part of students. A unique lab course. The teaching of chemistry stresses lectures at the expense of laboratory work.