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Family Background 1
Parents' background. Impact of the Great Depression. Time at a sanitarium. Move to California. Role of religion in his life. Pre-college education. University of California, Berkeley. Development of scientific interests.
University of California, Berkeley 6
Joel Hildebrand. Nobel laureates as teachers. Gilbert N. Lewis. William F. Giauque. William C. Bray. Melvin Calvin. Glenn T. Seaborg.
World War II and the United States Navy 8
Eddy Test for radar technicians. Entrance exams. Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. Friendship with William W. Reynolds. Tour of duty in Pacific. Okinawa, Japan. Experience in a typhoon. Hainan, China. Hong Kong, China. Shanghai, China. Experiences on shore leave. Qingdao, China.
Return to the United States 16
Return to the University of California, Berkeley and coursework in electrical engineering. Decision to go to graduate school at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Montgomery G.I. Bill.
Graduate School Years 18
Social life and ice-skating. Robert A. Millikan. William D. Gwinn. Microwave spectroscopy. Decision to work with Don M. Yost. John S. Waugh. Robert G. Shulman. Building a microwave spectrometer. Hewlitt-Packard, Inc. Varian Associates, Inc. Bout with mononucleosis. Carbon-14 dating. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Coursework at Caltech. John G. Kirkwood. Bernie J. Alder. Linus C. Pauling. Allan R. Sandage as roommate. Interactions with Don M. Yost. Introduction to Varian Associates, Inc. H. Myrl Stearns. Ralph W. Kane.
Varian Associates, Inc. 25
Russell H. and Sigurd F. Varian. Felix Block, William W. Hansen, and NMR patents. Varian special products division. Applications work. Humble Oil Company and ethyl alcohol tests. Advertising in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Rolly Williams. First NMR spectrometer. Competition. Shell Development Company. Impressions of Varian Associates, Inc. and its Management. Emery Rogers and marketing. Model A60. Virginia Royden. LeRoy F. Johnson. Spectra Physics, Inc. SpectraSpin. Elias J. Corey. Nuclear Side Band Oscillator. Oxford Instruments, PLC and its magnets. Bruker Instruments Company. Carl Djerassi. Shoolery as "product champion" and as marketing manager for NMR division. JEOL Ltd. Model T60. Model CFT20. Model CFT80. Gemini Model. Shoolery as chemist "consumer."
Time Away from Varian 48
Stagnancy at Varian Associates, Inc. Personal life. Carl R. Rogers and "active listening." Teaching. Return to Varian as applications chemist. Divorce and remarriage.
General Reflections 50
Development of NMR. Infrared spectroscopy. NMR and its acceptance by inorganic and organic chemists and biochemists. X-ray crystallography. Pharmaceutical companies. Reflections on Varian. J. Tracy O'Rourke. Tom Sege. Edward L. Ginzton. Computer aided tomography scanning and magnetic resonance imaging.
Life Outside Varian 55
Family life. Judith L. Shoolery and her work. Interest in traveling. Living in Half Moon Bay, California. Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Consulting work. Final thoughts on his career.
I. Letter to Mr. Stearns