Oral history interview with Raymond F. Boyer

Oral history interview with Raymond F. Boyer

  • 1986-Jan-14 (First session)
  • 1986-Aug-19 (Second session)

Raymond Boyer begins the interview with a brief description of his family, childhood, and school days in Ohio, touching on his early interest in electricity. He then tells of his undergraduate and graduate years at Case Institute of Technology, focusing on the influence of the faculty there. In discussing his career at The Dow Chemical Company, Boyer provides accounts of discoveries and innovations, especially involving polystyrene; several leading figures there, including Willard and H. H. Dow; and major organizational changes that occurred during his career. Concluding with a summary of his most recent research at the Michigan Molecular Institute, Boyer includes an interesting anecdote involving a Canadian chemist with the same name.

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

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Raymond F. Boyer, interviewed by James J. Bohning in Michigan Molecular Institute on August 19, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0015. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/bn999774m.

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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

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