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Oral history interview with Carlyle B. Storm

  • 2002-Sep-22

Oral history interview with Carlyle B. Storm

  • 2002-Sep-22

Carlyle B. Storm begins the interview describing his family background and chosen academic path. After obtaining his PhD, Storm became a professor of chemistry at Howard University and worked to secure funding for research. In the early 1980s, he accepted a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he researched conventional high explosives as chief scientist, becoming program manager in 1989. Storm first attended Gordon conferences in the early 1970s, and in 1988, he founded and chaired the Energetic Materials Conference. Storm's experiences managing scientists at Los Alamos and working with non-profit boards uniquely qualified him to become the director of the Gordon Research Conferences in 1993. As director, Storm traveled to many conferences, improved administrative processes, and evaluated the economic, participation dynamics, and governance of the organization. Under his leadership, the conferences expanded across the country and the globe. Storm has worked hard to ensure that each conference follows the Gordon format and brand image, no matter where in the world it is. Storm feels strongly that graduate students should participate in the conferences, and has encouraged their participation through programs such as the Gordon-Kenan Summer Schools and Graduate Research Seminars. Additionally, he has considered developing a permanent facility for the Gordon Research Conferences. Storm concludes the interview by recalling scientific advances that have been realized as a result of the interaction among leading scientists at the Gordon Research Conferences.

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About the Interviewer

Arthur Daemmrich is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School and a senior research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His research examines science, medicine, and the state, with a focus on advancing theories of risk and regulation through empirical research on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical sectors. At HBS he also plays an active role in an interdisciplinary Healthcare Initiative, advancing scholarship and developing applied lessons for the business of creating and delivering health services and health-related technologies. Daemmrich was previously the director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2002 and has held fellowships at the Social Science Research Council/Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He has published widely on pharmaceutical and chemical regulation, biotechnology business and policy, innovation, and history of science.

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Oral history number 0261

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Interviewee biographical information

  • March 02, 1935
  • Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • July 22, 2019
  • Frederick, Maryland, United States


Year Institution Degree Discipline
1961 Johns Hopkins University BS Chemistry
1963 Johns Hopkins University MS Chemistry
1965 Johns Hopkins University PhD Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professional Experience

Howard University

  • 1968 to 1970 Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • 1970 to 1973 Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • 1972 to 1985 Consultant, Center for Sickle Cell Disease, College of Medicine
  • 1973 to 1986 Professor of Chemistry
  • 1976 to 1986 Graduate Professor of Chemistry
  • 1982 to 1985 Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (U.S.)

  • 1972 to 1985 Consultant, General Research Support Program Advisory Committee

University of Oxford

  • 1974 to 1975 Senior Visitor, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

National Institutes of Health (U.S.)

  • 1975 to 1985 Consultant, Minority Biomedical Research Support Program

Universitetet i Trondheim

  • 1977 Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry

Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 1981 to 1982 Visiting Staff Member, Stable Isotope Research Resource
  • 1985 to 1989 Staff Member, Explosives Technology Group, Dynamic Testing Division
  • 1989 to 1992 Program Manager for Materials Research, Dynamic Testing Division
  • 1992 to 1993 Chief Scientist and Program Manager for Technology Development, Explosives Technology and Applications Division

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

  • 1989 to 1993 Member, Research Center for Energetic Materials, Industry Advisory Board
  • 1991 to 1992 Vice Chair, Research Center for Energetic Materials, Industry Advisory Board
  • 1992 to 1993 Chair, Research Center for Energetic Materials, Industry Advisory Board


  • 1991 to 1993 Consultant

Gordon Research Conferences

  • 1993 to 2004 Director

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

  • 1994 Chair, Panel on Research Opportunities in Energy Conversion, Naval Studies Board


Year(s) Award
1959 Phi Lambda Upsilon
1961 to 1962 Gilman Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
1962 Sigma Xi
1962 to 1965 NIH Predoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
1965 to 1966 NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
1966 to 1968 Staff Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health
1973 to 1978 Research Career Development Award, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
1974 Presidents Award, Maryland Association for Retarded Citizens
1977 Senior Fulbright-Hays Fellow, University of Trondheim, Norway
1982 Washington Chemical Society Community Service Award
1988 Chair (Founding), Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry of Energetic Materials
1992 Sigma Xi Lecturer, Army Research and Development Command, Dover, NJ
1992 Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry of Energetic Materials
1997 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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