Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Parents and siblings. Scientific interests in grade school. An early publication on fluorene. Chemical experiments during high school. Organic Specialties.
Undergraduate Work at Columbia University Before the War 7
Coursework in chemistry. Doering, Woodward, and early organic chemistry. The influence of Doering and Weaver. Army service.
Education at Columbia University after the War 13
Completing undergraduate work. Courses in physical and quantitative chemistry. Beginning graduate work. Friends and colleagues at Doering's lab.
William Doering and his Research Lab 17
The seminars and their importance. Organic chemistry in transition. Research in solvolyses. A lab in Katonah.
A Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 22
Working with Jack Roberts. Molecular orbital theory and calculations. Saunders and other colleagues.
The Beginnings of Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley 26
The dominance of physical chemistry. Jensen, Heathcock, Stewart, Olsen, and the rise of organic chemistry. Don Noyce and Bill Dauben.
Research Projects at Berkeley 29
Reaction mechanisms with stereochemistry. Testing Huckel's MO theory. Deuterium isotopes. The relation of organic and physical chemistry today.