The interview begins with N. Bruce Hannay discussing the origins of his interest in electrochemistry and his awareness of The Electrochemical Society as an ideal organization for discussions and publications on topics…
Keith McKennon begins this interview by discussing the origins of his interest in research and chemistry and the impact of growing up in Pendleton, Oregon, and attending Oregon State University. He then describes his…
The interview begins as J. Paul Hogan discusses his family background and early education in Lowes, Kentucky. Next follows a description of Hogan's college education at Murray State and teaching experiences at the high…
Miguel A. Ondetti begins this interview by describing his parents' immigrant background and work in Argentina, his early interests in chemistry, and his education at vocational school in Buenos Aires. Upon high school…
Dale Baker begins the interview with a discussion of his early years and family background. Inspired by a high school teacher, Baker decided to major in chemical engineering upon entering Ohio State University in 1938,…
- Interviewee Baker, Dale B.
- Interviewer Slater, Leo Barney, 1963- and Williams, Robert V.
- Subject Garfield, Eugene, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Chemical engineering, Baker, Dale B., American Chemical Society, Chemical engineers, Chemists--Biography, National Federation of Science Abstracting and Indexing Services, Chemistry--Abstracting and indexing, Chemistry--Nomenclature, American Chemical Society. Chemical Abstracts Service, Information storage and retrieval systems--Chemistry, and Chemistry--Research
Melvin Day begins the interview with a discussion of his family and childhood years in Boston. Day grew up during the Depression and often worked in his father's oil company after school to help ends meet. Day attended…
- Interviewee Day, Melvin S., 1923-2013
- Interviewer Williams, Robert V.
- Subject United States. National Technical Information Service, Abstracting, M. Day Consulting, United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Information storage and retrieval systems--Chemistry, Chemistry--Research, Chemistry--Abstracting and indexing, National Library of Medicine (U.S.), National Science Foundation (U.S.), U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Chemists--Biography, Chemists, and Chemistry--Nomenclature
John W. Johnstone begins the interview with a description of his childhood days in the boroughs of New York City. While in high school, he was encouraged by John McManus to study chemistry. After graduating from Far…
- Interviewee Johnstone, John W., 1932-2011
- Interviewer Traynham, James G.
- Subject Olin Corporation, Chemical industry, Chemists, Businesspeople--Biography, Chemists--Biography, Businesspeople, Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp., Executives, Johnstone, John W., 1932-2011, Airco, Inc., and Executives--Biography
Delbert Meyer begins his oral history with a description of his family life as a youth in Maynard, Iowa. He was uncertain of his future career choice and served for two years in the U.S. Navy. Influential professors at…
Stephanie Kwolek begins the interview with a discussion of her early career at DuPont. She joined DuPont in 1946, the same year she earned her B.S. in chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University. Kwolek spent much of her…
- 1999-Mar-19 (First session)
- 1999-Apr-09 (Second session)
Ronald Breslow begins the interview with a discussion of his family life and background. He grew up in Rahway, New Jersey, the son of a physician. Max Tishler, a family friend, helped to pique Breslow's interest in…
- 1999-Sep-16 (First session)
- 1999-Sep-17 (Second session)
George Rathmann discusses his upbringing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his undergraduate work in physical chemistry at Northwestern University, and later his graduate studies in physical chemistry at Princeton University.…
George A. Olah begins the interview with a description of his family and childhood years in Budapest, Hungary. Olah first developed an interest in chemistry after taking a chemistry course at the Technical University of…
- Interviewee Olah, George A. (George Andrew), 1927-2017
- Interviewer Thackray, Arnold, 1939- and Traynham, James G.
- Subject Nobel Prize winners, University of Southern California, Dow Chemical Company, Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Olah, George A. (George Andrew), 1927-2017, Chemists, and Chemists--Biography
Jerome Berson begins this interview with a discussion about his family, his early interest in chemistry, and his childhood in Florida. After high school, Berson attended college at City College of New York. He then…
- Interviewee Berson, Jerome A.
- Interviewer Gortler, Leon B.
- Subject Physical organic chemistry, Woodward, R. B. (Robert Burns), 1917-1979, Berson, Jerome A., Hückel, Erich, 1896-1980, Chemists--Biography, Biradicals, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Conservation of orbital symmetry, Roche Diagnostics, University of Southern California, Doering, W. von E. (William Von Eggers), 1917-, Molecular orbitals, Carbonium ions, and Isotope dilution analysis
- 2001-Aug-13 (First interview)
- 2001-Aug-30 (Second interview)
Robert L. McNeil, Jr. begins his interview by discussing his parent's heritage and the evolution of the Firm of Robert McNeil, the drugstore started by his grandfather. As young men, McNeil and his brother worked as…
- 2011-Jun-28 (Second session)
- 2001-May-23 (First session)
Foil A. Miller begins the interview by describing the origins of the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy [Pittcon]. Miller was involved early on with Pittcon and its two founding…
- Interviewee Miller, Foil A., 1916-
- Interviewer Thackray, Arnold, 1939- and Sharkey, John B.
- Subject Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, University of Pittsburgh, Miller, Foil A., 1916-, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chemists--Biography, Infrared spectroscopy, Mellon Institute, and University of Minnesota
Fred Basolo begins the interview discussing his arrival at Northwestern University as an inorganic chemist in 1946. At that time, organic chemistry dominated the field of chemistry, and inorganic chemistry was seen as…
- Interviewee Basolo, Fred, 1920-2007
- Interviewer Thackray, Arnold, 1939- and Daemmrich, Arthur
- Subject Rohm and Haas Company, Reaction mechanisms (Chemistry), Basolo, Fred, 1920-2007, Chemistry, Inorganic, Chemists--Biography, Gordon Research Conferences, Metal carbonyls, and Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
- 2002-Feb-11 (First session)
- 2002-Feb-27 (Second session)
Kaye describes his early interest in science, and specifically, instrumentation. He discusses his decision to study at the University of Illinois, and his own academic experience there as a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry.…
- Interviewee Kaye, Wilbur I. (Wilbur Irving), 1922-2006
- Interviewer Thackray, Arnold, 1939- and Gallwas, Gerald E.
- Subject Spectrophotometer, Kaye, Wilbur I. (Wilbur Irving), 1922-2006, Instrument manufacture, Scientific apparatus and instruments, Chemists--Biography, Beckman, Arnold O., Chemists, Beckman Instruments, Inc., and Tennessee Eastman Company
Robert J. Manning begins the interview with a brief sketch of his educational background. In 1948, after graduating with a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Manning spent time in the…
Norman Hackerman begins the interview with a description of his graduate education at Johns Hopkins University and his encounters with Neil E. Gordon. After graduating from Johns Hopkins with a Ph.D. in chemistry,…
Robert W. Parry begins the interview with a discussion of his childhood in Ogden, Utah. After graduating from Ogden High School, Parry attended Weber College for two years, where he studied chemistry until his funding…
Kenneth E. Manchester was drafted after high school to serve in World War II and later attended San Jose State University. Manchester then completed a Ph.D. in chemistry at Stanford University under the supervision of…
- 2005-Jun-20 (First session)
- 2005-Jun-21 (Second session)
Roy G. Neville comments on his family and his childhood in Bournemouth, England during the start of World War II, while admitting that he was not very intrigued by his first chemistry lesson but enjoyed performing…
This oral history is part of a series supported by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), University of California, Santa Barbara, under the National Science Foundation Grant No. SES 0531184. Researchers using…
Klaus Biemann's oral history begins with a discussion of his youth near Vienna, Austria. As pharmacy was the family profession, Biemann chose to study it at the University of Innsbruck. He soon developed an interest in…
Allen G. Debus grew up in Evanston, a suburb to the north of Chicago, where he attended public schools. He earned a BS in chemistry, with almost enough credits for a second major in history. After working at Abbott…