Oral history interview with George M. Wyman

Oral history interview with George M. Wyman

  • 2013-May-01 (First session)
  • 2013-May-02 (Second session)

George M. Wyman was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1921. Wyman attended the Lutheran Gimnázium in Budapest until World War II threatened, leaving for the United States to become a chemist. Wyman entered Cornell University as a sophomore finishing his degree in two and a half years. He remained at Cornell for his master's and PhD degrees, working on fluorine chemistry. His research interests fell between the fields of physical and organic chemistry. Wyman began his career in industry working with fluorine compounds and developed his expertise in dye chemistry. During his years at the National Bureau of Standards, Wyman conducted various spectrophotometric measurements of indigo and azo dyes, resulting in some twenty publications. In a decades-long career working for the US Army, Wyman taught himself fluorescence techniques and continued his work on isomerization of dyes. Working for the Army's European Research Office, he identified and established networks of chemists whose work could be useful to the Army. Returning from Europe, Wyman was able to conduct research at University of North Carolina. In the sixties Wyman established the International Conference on Photochemistry. After retiring, he spent ten years consulting, bringing people and universities together with funding.

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  • 83 pages
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George M. Wyman, interviewed by Jody A. Roberts in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on May 1, 2013. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0708. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/41687j72p.

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