Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Growing up in an artistic family and a rural environment. Grade school, father's interests in natural science. High school and boarding school; development of scientific interests. Effects of the Depression.
Columbia, faculty and curricula. Graduate school, courses and teachers, effects of the war. Summer research on smoke screens. Graduate research, friendship with Doty.
Brooklyn and Berkeley 20
Wartime project at Brooklyn Polytechnic on the degradation of PVC films. Colleagues and faculty. Light scattering, experiment and theory. Move to Berkeley, expansion of light scattering work and initial interest in biological polymers. Critical point phenomena. Sabbatical year at Harvard.
General Electric 33
Atmosphere at General Electric laboratories, laboratory organization and colleagues. Research into dynamic methods for polymer solutions. Visiting professorship at Yale, work on DNA.
La Jolla 37
Appointment at the new campus at La Jolla. Setting up department and research school. Instrumental developments, dynamic viscoelasticity. Reflections on the changes in polymer science during career, on polymer science education and on textbooks.