Oral history interview with Earl L. Warrick

Oral history interview with Earl L. Warrick

  • 1986-Jan-16

Earl L. Warrick begins the interview with a description of his parents and childhood, which involved frequent moves between cities. He tells of his undergraduate years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where the chemical engineering department was a bit disappointing. This led him to switch to physical chemistry, in which he received a master's degree. After recounting his year at Brown, Warrick describes his experiences at the Mellon Institute, where he developed a glass coating. He received his Sc.D. for a kinetic study carried out almost exclusively on nights and weekends, while he continued work at Mellon. Warrick summarizes his career at Dow Corning, including the development of the '200 fluid', extensive rubber, polymer, and silicone research, his invention of 'Silly Putty', and his work with silicon. He mentions the influence of several colleagues, especially McGregor, Collings, Hyde, Bass, and Speier. Warrick concludes by commenting on his position at Saginaw Valley State College, his current writing, and the changes that have occurred in chemistry throughout his career.

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  • 46 pages
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Earl L. Warrick, interviewed by James J. Bohning in Midland, Michigan on January 16, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0045. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/8336h315f.

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