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Childhood and Education 1
Born in Lakeville, Nova Scotia. Father's general store. Moving to Kentville, Nova Scotia. Grade school and high school experiences. Undergraduate studies at Acadia University. Graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Working on the nitration of hexamethylenetetramine. Marriage to Jeannee. Work at Canadian Industries Ltd. Military service. Studying at Purdue University.
Research at DuPont 4
Moving to Wilmington, Delaware. Attending the World's Fair in 1939. Polyamide research in Frank Gresham's research group. The development of "Polymer E." Frank Gresham's management style. Polyethylene research with Arthur Anderson and N. G. Merckling. Working on coordination polymerization. The dispute over the U.S. patent for polypropylene.
Associates at DuPont 10
Donald H. Payne. Herbert S. Eleuterio. Rudolph B. de Jong. Making the ethylene sulfur-dioxide copolymer. Investigating potentially useful by-products at various DuPont facilities. Amalgamating the chemicals business into another department in 1959. Becoming a research associate in the chemicals, dyes, and pigments department. Working with Jay K. Kochi.
The Tyvek Story 14
DuPont's inability to capitalize on some significant inventions. Dan Strain's reluctance to share Tyvek. Robinson's notes on periodic meetings between the DuPont's groups, involving coordination polymerization. Robinson's thoughts on the organizational structure of DuPont.
Thoughts on winning the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement. Participating in the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Robinson's family and hobbies. Brief discussion of the book, Science and Corporate Strategy.