Donald Othmer begins the interview by sharing memories of his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, his parents, and his schooling. He tells of his experiences as a student at the Armour Institute, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Michigan. Othmer later describes his years at Eastman Kodak, his accomplishments there and his reasons for leaving to produce his own material. He then discusses the early years at Poly Tech and the students he helped shape. Othmer also talk about his industrial work over the years. He describes his adventures in Burma and his association with the Government during World War II. He continues by recounting his experimental endeavors, his patents, and the inception of the Encyclopedia of Chemical technology. Othmer concludes by discussing the Chemists' Club, his life in Brooklyn, and the past and future of chemistry.
Othmer, Donald F. (Donald Frederick), interviewed by James J. Bohning in Polytechnic University (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.) on June 11, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0035. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/6969z1940.
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