Title and Description Page
Early Years 1
Childhood in Moravská, Ostrava. Brother. Tutoring at home. Interest in chemistry. Extra-curricular activities. Graduation from high school in 1937. Attending Technical University of Prague. Rising political distemper. Coming to the U.S. to complete school. Relatives in New Jersey.
Scholarship to Furman University through International Student Service. Studying chemistry at Furman. John Sampey. E. Emmet Reid. Friedel-Crafts reaction project with Reid. Graduating from Furman in 1941. Attending graduate school at University of Richmond. Master's work on polyhydroxy amines. Going to Ohio State University for Ph.D. Melvin S. Newman. Environment at Ohio State. Influence of A. B. Garrett. Working in organic chemistry. Ph.D. on acetylene compounds. Grignard ragents. Acetylene chemistry. The Wotiz rearrangement.
Postdoctoral Activities 21
Instructorship at University of Pittsburgh. Work on 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid for Chemical Warfare Service. U.S. Army service. Becoming a U.S. citizen. Fort Detrick. Continuing work on acetylene chemistry at University of Pittsburgh. Raymond E. Dessy. Grignard reagents. Roger Grignard lecture in France. Marriage in 1945. Kay Wotiz. Cathedral of Learning. Moving to Pittsburgh.
Early Career 36
Research work at Pittsburgh. Leaving academia for Diamond Alkali Company. New areas of acetylene chemistry. Boyce Thompson Institute. Producing patentable materials. Chromium hexacarbonyl (Cr(CO)6) synthesis. Leaving Diamond Alkali to become chemistry department chair at Marshall University. Altering chemistry curriculum. Building research-oriented department. Ned D. Heindel. Leaving Marshall.
Career at Southern Illinois University (SIU) 46
Environment at SIU. Serving as chemistry department chair. Working with graduate students. Allene research. Consultant work with Air Reduction. Retirement in 1989. Philosophy of teaching. Current trends in chemistry education. National Academy of Sciences. Visit to and experiences in Soviet Union. Comparing Soviet education model to U.S. model. Establishment of international graduate student program. Vera Kolb. Visiting Pacific Rim countries. Visiting Japan and China. Thoughts on teaching.
Professional Affiliations and Activities 75
American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST). Directory of chemistry museums. ACS tours. History of Science Society. American Bridge League. Membership in Unitarian Church. Thomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Playing bridge.
History of Chemistry 85
Influenced by European textbooks. Using history in teaching chemistry. Story Behind the Story column. Finding errors in published works. Origins of history tours. Applying for approval of tours from SIU. Widespread attendance of tour. European assistance. Gretel Brauer. Haus Energie.
Work on F. August Kekulé 97
Travel to Ghent, Belgium. Extensive research on Kekulé. Susanna Rudofsky. Research on Annalen Der Chemie article by Kekulé. Origins of Kekulé's spelling of surname. Kekulé's misleading reference. Analysis of Kekulé's dream. Hexagonal structure. Johann Josef Loschmodt. Alfred Bader. William Wiswesswer. Boston Symposium. Alan Rocke. Kekulé controversy. Lawsuits.
Vision for Center for Chemical History 111
Steven Brush. Exploration of feasibility. University of Pennsylvania (Penn). ACS meeting in Miami in 1978. Lobbying for support. Leon Gortler. Support from Penn and ACS. Arnold Thackray. Center for the History of Chemistry. Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Winning Dexter Award. Tonja Koeppel. Daughters and wife, Kay. Plans for future. Travel.
I. Furman University letter and telegram awarding scholarship
II. Preparation of the beta-octynoic acid
III. Cyclic reactor (not drawn to scale)
IV. Certificate of Naturalization
V. Letter from Ned D. Heindel at Wotiz's 80th birthday celebration
VI. Title page of Kekulé's paper in Annalen, vol. 162, as reproduced in Wotiz's book on Kekulé
VII. Excerpt of a letter from Kekulé to Hübner
VIII. Flyer featuring book cover for Wotiz's book The Kekulé Riddle: A Challenge for Chemists and Psychologists
IX. Chemistry in Britain review of Wotiz's book
X. Letter from Tonja A. Koeppel announcing Wotiz's selection for Dexter Award