Oral history interview with Delbert H. Meyer

Oral history interview with Delbert H. Meyer

  • 1997-Jan-20

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 Wartburg College and later at the University of Iowa fueled his interest in chemistry. Meyer spent thirty-nine years with Amoco, beginning as an exploratory researcher for Standard Oil Company in 1953 and, later, becoming a research consultant at Amoco in 1992. During his career at Amoco Corporation, Meyer developed a faster and more economical method for producing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), the major material used to make polyester. He eventually moved into research management and product development. Meyer concluded with a discussion scientific innovation as a result of need for products in the marketplace, speculation on the future of research and development management in the chemical sciences, and reflections on winning the 1995 Perkin Medal.

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  • 30 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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Delbert Henry Meyer, interviewed by James G. Traynham in Naperville, Illinois on January 20, 1997. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0151. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/3j3333291.

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