Title and Description Page
Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
Early disposition towards science. Growing up in South Texas and interest in chemistry.
High school experience. Undergraduate degree at Rice University. Catching up in classes and studying privately. Being mentored by Robert Curl. Summer position at Hewlett-Packard.
Graduate work at University of California at Berkeley 13
Photoemission work and controversies. Stanford Synchrotron facility experience. Funding and fellowships.
Working at Bell Laboratories 20
Deciding to be a staff scientist at Bell Labs. Research on photoemission, ion scattering, and STM. Thoughts on corporate politics at Bell Labs. Transition to UCLA.
Career at University of California at Los Angeles 27
Building a new lab and learning to write proposals and grants. Difference between industry and academia. Continuing STM research. Expanding research group laboratory space. Efforts to start a research center. Dealing with funding problems and changing research direction. Constructing STM and AFMs. Learning about bulk thermodynamics.
Career at Hewlett-Packard 44
Northridge Earthquake destroying UCLA lab equipment. Accepting HP Lab offer. Setting up instruments and research group. Agilent spinoff and last minute decision to stay with HP. Difference between HP and Bell Labs and thoughts on technology transfer. Origins of the Quantum Science Research Group (QSR) and its research areas. Outside collaborations and funding.
Concluding Thoughts 57
MEMS research and view of QSR in relations to other research institutions.