Title and Description Page
Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
Influence of Sputnik on childhood education. High school summer job at Harshaw Chemical Company. Family influence and encouragement.
Undergraduate studies at Harvard University. Switching majors between mathematics, English, and chemistry. Summer research with Eugene Rochow. Graduate school at Northwestern University. Reflections on the Northwestern chemistry department. Research with G. Ludwig Hofacker. Writing graduate thesis.
Early Career 19
Postdoctoral fellowship at Aarhus University with Jan Linderberg. Gradually moving away from formal theoretical chemistry. Teaching at New York University. Setting up a research laboratory. Becoming Ari Aviram's advisor. Interest in molecular rectifier research. Connection with IBM through Aviram. NYU reorganization and decision to return to Northwestern.
Career Development 31
Research collaborations. Interactions with DARPA. Impressions of John Pople. Development of molecular electronics research with Aviram.
Gordon Research Conferences 46
Attending, chairing and organizing conferences. Involvement with GRC governance. Broad of Directors and Selection and Scheduling Committee duties.
Thoughts on research and collaboration 52
Works of other molecular electronics researchers and their impact. Thoughts on having joint students and post-docs with other researchers. Differences in today's funding practices versus the past.
Concluding thoughts 62
Setting up research centers at Northwestern and importance of having a staff. Spin-off companies development. The future of nanotechnology.