Oral history interview with Gordon M. Kline

Oral history interview with Gordon M. Kline

  • 1987-May-15 (First session)
  • 1987-May-16 (Second session)

Gordon M. Kline begins the interview by discussing his work at the National Bureau of Standards during the 1930s, where he focussed on applications of organic resins to aviation. This is followed by a general discussion of his work as head of the Bureau's Organic Plastics Section and as Technical Editor of Modern Plastics. A lengthy section of the interview is devoted to Kline's experiences in Germany in 1945, investigating German plastics laboratories, plants, and processes. The next major portion of the interview covers Kline's experiences as an administrator of the Division of Polymers at the National Bureau of Standards and his role in setting national and international standards of testing for synthetic polymer products. The interview concludes with a brief discussion of Kline's education at Colgate University and at the University of Maryland.

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  • 58 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Kline, Gordon M. (Gordon Mabey), interviewed by Jeffrey L. Meikle in Lake Worth, Florida on May 15, 1987. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0070. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/4q77fs343.

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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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