Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Growing up in Monticello and Brooklyn, New York. Father as businessman. Brooklyn Boys High School, teachers and curriculum.
Undergraduate Studies 2
Decision to major in chemistry at City College. Courses at CCNY, colleagues and faculty; the political atmosphere. Search for graduate school.
Graduate Studies at Duke University 11
Research with Paul Gross and Marcus Hobbs on the Kerr effect. Interaction with Fritz London. Wartime projects; the frangible bullet; gas-phase halogenation. Graduate courses. Marriage. Developing interest in biochemistry, postdoctoral year at Harvard.
Cornell University 20
Appointment as instructor, contact with Flory and Debye. Research on macromolecular hydrodynamic properties. Protein structure; graduate students and coworkers. Sabbatical leave at the Carlsberg laboratory. Hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interactions, helix-coil transitions. The thrombin/fibrinogen reaction. Protein folding. Chairman of chemistry department at Cornell, appointment of new faculty, new building, and the undergraduate laboratory design. Modern trends in chemistry. Nomenclature of polypeptides. Further reflections of Cornell, international collaborations.