Title and Description Page
Family Background and Education 1
Grandparents' and parents' origins in Hungary and tradition of engineering careers in family. Memories of education, primary and secondary, and Hungarian school system. Musical training. Influence of high school chemistry teacher in selection of chemical engineering. Education at University of Technical Sciences: emphasis on memorization, influence of various teachers, analytical lab work, oral exams. Comparison of Hungarian and U.S. chemical engineering curriculums.
Post-College Career in Hungary 7
University graduation, desire to go to the U.S., brother's scholarship to Berkeley. WWII, initial military deferral work at Tungsram company, military service as chemical engineer. Post-war social and working conditions. Teaching; research at University and Tungsram.
Initial Contacts with the University of California, Berkeley 11
Contact with Berkeley through brother. Legal and logistical complications leaving Hungary. Arriving at Berkeley and meeting with John Lawrence, W.M. Latimer, Bill Gwinn, and Robert Rosenthall. Securing of appointment.
Early Research Interests 15
Early research on radiation conductivity. Interest in conductivity of suspension of odd-shaped particles. Hydrogen peroxide and ozone production research.
Early Graduate Teaching 20
Development of first courses. Influence of Latimer. Changes in 1960s: financial support, more students, first-rate colleagues. Teaching style and graduate advising.
Introduction to The Electrochemical Society/Pre-presidential Activities 27
Origins of interest in ECS. Revival of local Berkeley section. Contact with Dick Bechtold. First national ECS activity in early 1950s. Contacts at early meetings: Bob Burns, Norman Hackerman, Ralph Hunter. Leadership in ECS: reorganization of meetings and the slate of the Theoretical Division. Revitalization of divisional program and activities; divisional growth, invitation of foreign speakers. Appointment as editor of journal. Editorial activities and committee work.
Presidential Activities 32
Six years of influence as vice president, president, board member. Change of meeting dates and professionalization of procedures. Adding to ECS awards. Student activists in the Society. Acheson memorial banquet. Attracting students to ECS.
Views of The ECS 37
Industry's and academia's relations to ECS. Committee structure. Roles played by the Society. Society as a forum. Future of The ECS.
Other Activities and Views 42
Book series with Paul Delahaye and Heinz Gerischer. International activities. Development of electrochemical engineering and influence of Tobias and his students within the field. Consulting in industry and view of academics who consult.
Closing Statements 47
Development of Chemical Engineering department at Berkeley. Competition for department within the University. Influence of Charles Wilke and Theodore Vermeulen. Tobias' influence on students and youth in the Society. View of role of electrochemical engineers. Role of intuition in science.