Title and Description Page
Childhood and Schooldays 1
Growing up in Far Rockaway. Interest in science developed at elementary school and at Brooklyn Technical High School. Effect of the Depression on family finances. Technical content of high school courses. School radio station; standard of chemistry laboratory classes.
Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute 8
Wartime study and association with military projects. Faculty and courses. Senior thesis with Paul Doty. Influence of Herman Mark.
Graduate Study at Princeton 14
Eyring and textile fellowship. Colleagues and faculty; Rundle and crystallography; Tobolsky. Textile Research Institute and the Princeton Plastics laboratory. Relations between polymer science and chemistry departments in the university setting.
Fellowship at Cambridge 25
Gordon Sutherland and infrared dichroism. Privations of postwar England. Contemporaries at Cambridge, laboratory facilities.
University of Massachusetts 29
Appointment at UMass and development of new chemistry teaching courses. Initial research efforts; light scattering from polymer films. Funding. Industrial consulting. Setting up of the Polymer Research Institute and its growth. Polymer birefringence. Depolarization of scattered light from vapors. Computation at UMass. Visit to China as part of scientific delegation. Massachusetts initiative for Centers of Excellence; new building for the Polymer Research Institute.