Title and Description Page
Family and Youth 1
Parents. A famous uncle. Familial influences. Youth in Winnetka. Early schooling and interest in science.
Undergraduate Education at Harvard 3
Influences of professors. Chemistry courses and textbooks. Research with C. H. Fisher and Max Tishler. Perceptions of chemistry. Classmates who became chemists.
Graduate Education at Chicago 7
Morris Kharasch and other organic chemists at Chicago. Wheland's and Westheimer's courses. Completion of the Ph.D. degree. The Kharasch group. Major review article with Mayo. Books and scientific papers read. Approach to organic chemistry.
Professional Career in Industry 13
Research position at DuPont. Marriage. State of organic chemistry around 1940. Research and colleagues at U. S. Rubber Co. Work at the Office of Scientific Research and Development. Organic chemistry in the postwar period. The Organic Reactions Mechanisms Conference of 1946. Papers published. Research at Lever Brothers.
Academic Career 25
Position at Columbia University. Colleagues. Creating a research group. Comments about graduate students. Chairmanship of chemistry department. Consulting for industry. The move to the University of Utah. Editorship of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Contributions to the field of chemistry.
Developments in Physical Organic Chemistry 29
Possible gap in development early in this century. Dichotomy between physical chemists and organic chemists. Transition from classical to modern organic chemistry. State of physical organic chemistry today.