Oral history interview with Haldor F. A. Topsøe

Oral history interview with Haldor F. A. Topsøe

  • 1999-Apr-19

Born in Copenhagen, he grew up in Denmark, and was very involved in his father's Samfundshjælpen, which taught him the importance of collaboration between social classes. Topsøe studied at the Technical University, taking numerous courses in physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. When he married in 1936, he became involved in his father-in-law's activities in teaching young people to run businesses. As a chemical engineer, and later, a businessman, Topsøe gained an interest in the relationship between economics and science. He discusses his firm's involvement in catalysis, how Haldor Topsøe A/S began, and the scientific research that had previously been done on catalysis. Topsøe further discusses the transfer of technology to India and the Third World, the impact of the Green Revolution on chemical industries, and his company's work in refining. He concludes with comments on the future of innovation.

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  • 33 pages
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Haldor F.A. Topsøe, interviewed by David C. Brock in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 19, 1999. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0180. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/cn69m552f.

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