Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Years 1
Family relocation from Belgium to France. Upbringing and early education in Paris. High school education in Nice. Family relocation to the United States. Interest in poetry and French literature.
College and Graduate school 11
Decision to attend University of Florida. Advanced standing at University of Florida. Taking chemistry and organic chemistry courses. Graduate school at University of Wisconsin. Early proposed synthesis for quinine.
Structure and Synthesis 18
Approaching three-dimensionality of structures. Santonin synthesis. Chemical model construction. Work of Sir Robert Robinson. Robert B. Woodward and strychnine structure. Quinine synthesis. Remembering colleagues Louis Feiser, Carl Djerassi, Albert Eschenmoser, Tadeus Reichstein.
Early Career 32
Working for Lakeside Laboratories. Estrone synthesis. Application for postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Influence of Robert B. Woodward. Leaving Lakeside for instructorship at Harvard. IR spectrometry work. Leaving Harvard for Columbia University.
Later Career 49
Consulting for Syntex Corporation. Working on taxol. Structure methods. Polyene cyclization with Albert Eschenmoser. Morphine review. Contributions to stereochemistry.
Scientific Research 74
Radical cyclization. Selecting targets for synthesis. Work at Columbia University. University environment.
Final Thoughts 85
Current work in synthesis and structuring. University funding. Acknowledgement of graduate students.