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Oral history interview with Paul W. Morgan

  • 1986-Mar-15

Oral history interview with Paul W. Morgan

  • 1986-Mar-15

Paul Morgan starts the interview by describing his childhood in Maine and his family background, high school, and early interests. After undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, Morgan did graduate research at Ohio State University on naturally-occurring plant pigments and continued with post-doctoral work on cellulose derivatives. He describes his Du Pont investigations of the synthesis of polymers, with particular emphasis on interfacial polycondensation. Incorporated into the interview are Morgan's reflections on scientific publication from an industrial setting.

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  • 53 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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About the Interviewer

Herman Skolnik received a BS in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Hercules, Inc., as a research chemist in 1942, and served as a divisional research manager from 1952 until his retirement in 1979. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Chemical Documentation, and has published over 200 papers and four books, including A Century of Chemistry, the centennial history of the American Chemical Society.

Institutional location

Oral history number 0033

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Interviewee biographical information

  • August 30, 1911
  • West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, United States
  • May 28, 1992


Year Institution Degree Discipline
1937 University of Maine BS Chemistry
1940 Ohio State University PhD Organic Chemistry

Professional Experience

Ohio State University

  • 1937 to 1940 Teaching Assistant, chemistry
  • 1940 to 1941 Du Pont Fellow

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

  • 1941 to 1946 Research Chemist
  • 1946 to 1957 Research Associate
  • 1957 to 1973 Research Fellow
  • 1973 to 1976 Senior Research Fellow


Year(s) Award
1959 Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society
1976 Polymer Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
1976 Howard N. Potts Medal, The Franklin Institute
1977 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
1977 Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society
1978 Engineering Materials Achievement Award, American Society for Metals
1978 Swinburne Award, Plastics and Rubber Institute of Great Britain
1978 Kenneth Hertel Lectureship, University of Tennessee
1979 W. H. Rauscher Memorial Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1979 Midgley Award, Detroit Section, American Chemical Society
1982 Honorary Member, The Fiber Society
1986 Delaware Section Award, American Chemical Society
1987 Whitby Memorial Lectureship, University of Akron
1988 World Materials Congress Award
1988 Carothers Award Lecture, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society

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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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