Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Parents' emigration from Hungary and Czechoslovakia after World War I. Experiences growing up with children of immigrants. The Bronx High School of Science; interests in chemistry and research.
College Education, World War II 4
Hiatus at business school. Return to studying chemistry at the University of West Virginia. Serving in Iwo Jima during World War II. Graduate and doctoral work at the University of Maryland.
The Franklin Institute 11
Research on solid propellants during the Korean War. Research on smog formation.
General Aniline & Film Corporation 13
Developing a safe technology for making synthetic rubber. U.S. government/Interhandel battle over GAF ownership. Hiatus at Franklin Institute: research on automobile emissions.
Monsanto Company: Early Career 19
Automobile exhaust catalysts. Roundup. Monsanto's attitude toward publication. Linear olefin production. Noble metal catalysts. Low-pressure carbonylation of methanol to acetic acid; discovery of rhodium carbonyl iodide catalyst. Views on empowerment of chemists and the influence of corporate business on research.
Monsanto Company: Executive Career 25
Directorates of catalysis research and process sciences. Homogeneous catalysis. Hydroformylation as outgrowth of acetic acid technology. Executive decisionmaking and inter-company patent competition. Adiponitrile production. Success of new technology through senior managment championship. Hydrogenation catalysis. Asymmetric hydrogenation. The methyl-carbon bond. Japan's development of BINAP phosphine ligand. Acetic anhydride production.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. 36
Building a world-class laboratory. Organic and polymer synthesis; advanced gas separation technology; catalysis. Hiring procedures.
Views on Business Leadership and Industry 38
A new CEO's imprint on company research. Roundup. Diphenylether production. Industrial chemistry's frustrations and rewards. Factors affecting the growth of technology and its translation into commercial success.