Title and Description Page
Forming Haldor Topsøe A/S 1
Growing up in Copenhagen. Father's involvement in Smafundshjælpen. Political beliefs. Denmark's political atmosphere. Importance of collaboration. Studying at Technical University. Interest in physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. Marriage. Sharing father-in-law's involvement in training young people in business.
Early Career 3
Interrelation of economics and science. Input/output analysis. Economists as advisors. Interest in catalysis.
Forming Haldor Topsøe A/S 8
Financial help from family and friends. Importance of optimism. Relationship between physics and chemistry. Niels Bohr and the Copenhagen School. Previous research on catalysis. New instrumental techniques.
Technology Transfer 16
Interest in the Third World. Connection to agricultural research. Influence of the Green Revolution. Giving technology to India.
Work in refining. Ralph Landau. Interest in hydrogenation. Constructing a refinery in Kuwait. Downsizing of large petrochemical firms. Fischer-Tropsch process.
Importance of research. Trouble with niche products. Corporate difficulties with shareholders. Emphasis on profits rather than research. Importance of producing good scientists and engineers.