Title and Description Page
Childhood, family background and early education 1
Parents and brothers. Education at grade and high school. Childhood illness.
Undergraduate Education 5
Northwestern University, 1936-40. Organic and physical chemistry professors.
Graduate Education 7
Ohio State University, 1940-43. Teaching assistant duties. Graduate student accommodation. Professorial advisors. Fellow graduate students.
Employment with Goodyear 10
Discusses influence of P.J. Flory, his research supervision and his experience at DuPont. Research on polyesters and publications with Flory. Coworkers. Research on branched polymers and on polyelectrolyte effects. Break-up of the Goodyear research group.
Employment with DuPont 16
Organizational structure and style in Pioneering Research Laboratory. Discusses molecular structural requirements for strong fibers. Research reporting within the company. Flory as consultant to DuPont. Discusses function of outside consultants.
Retirement from DuPont 26
Consulting. Professional activities, ACS and Gordon conferences. Discusses publication policy in private industry. Innovative research. Family; wife, her scientific education. Children and grandchildren. Contact with retired colleagues. Alterations in chemistry during career. Influential polymer chemists.