Oral history interview with Cheves Walling

Oral history interview with Cheves Walling

  • 1979-Sep-12

Cheves Walling begins this interview by describing his family, early education, and undergraduate days at Harvard. He then discusses his graduate education at the University of Chicago, stressing the major review article on the peroxide effect that he and Frank Mayo wrote in 1940. Walling next examines the research that he undertook at Du Pont, U.S. Rubber, and Lever Brothers, emphasizing the work that he did before 1950 at U.S. Rubber. Finally, Walling examines his academic career at Columbia and the University of Utah. Throughout the interview he reflects upon the emergence and maturation of physical organic chemistry.

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  • 38 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Cheves Walling, interviewed by Leon B. Gortler in Mayflower Hotel (Washington, D.C.) on September 12, 1979. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0009. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/0v8381864.

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Transcript (Published Version)

The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

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