Oral history interview with Keith J. Laidler

Oral history interview with Keith J. Laidler

  • 1983-Oct-13 (First session)
  • 1983-Oct-14 (Second session)
  • 1983-Oct-18 (Third session)

In this interview, K. J. Laidler recalls his childhood, early education, and undergraduate days at Oxford University. He then speaks about his colleagues and teachers at Princeton University where he did graduate work. A consideration of the inception and development of the transition-state theory follows. Laidler then appraises the research that he did both with Steacie in Canada an independently at the Catholic University of America. He also comments upon the nitric oxide research of Hinshelwood and on his own recent work at the University of Ottawa. Finally, Laidler recollects the personal characteristics of several eminent chemists, among them Cyril Hinshelwood, Henry Eyring, and Hugh Stott Taylor.

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Original file type PDF, MP3
  • 48 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Keith James Laidler, interviewed by M. Christine King in University of Ottawa on October 18, 1983. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0002. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/9306t0110.

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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.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

4 Separate Interview Segments Archival-quality downloads