Title and Description Page
Childhood and Education 1
Brief discussion of family history. Attending college. Campus life during World War II. Chemistry faculty and graduates. Graduate applications to Illinois and Columbia. The Roberts Fellowship at Columbia.
Graduate Research at Columbia University 7
War research at Columbia. Thermo with V. K. LaMer. Natural products with Pop (John M.) Nelson. Organic lab with William von Eggers Doering. Alkaloids with Elderfield. Doering as a person and teacher. Choosing a research director. Postdoctoral work. Ruth Alice Weill and the Katonah Laboratory. Apocryphal tale of promotion meeting. Hammett course in 1945.
University of California at Berkeley 15
Being hired at Berkeley. Facilities and faculty. Influence of G. N. Lewis on the department. Influence of Wendell Latimer after Lewis' retirement. Changes in the role of organic chemistry. Lack of "political" orientation of Berkeley faculty. Bill Dauben. Melvin Calvin's teaching. Long term project on acid catalyzed reactions. Hiring Andrew Streitwieser at Berkeley.
The Growth and Development of Chemistry 20
Transition in organic chemistry. The development of physical organic chemistry. Changes at Berkeley. Effect of World War II. Physical organic chemistry today (1981). Aborted beginning to physical organic chemistry circa 1900.
Note written by Donald S. Noyce in July 2000.