Oral history interview with Francis O. Rice

Oral history interview with Francis O. Rice

  • 1984-Jan-04 (First session)
  • 1984-Jan-05 (Second session)

Francis O. Rice discusses his life and career in this interview, which begins with mention of his early days in England, his studies at Princeton, and his teaching at New York University. Rice describes his teaching, research, and administrative activities at the Johns Hopkins University and the Catholic University of America. Of central concern is his theory of free radicals. Mrs. Katherine Rice adds to the interview by discussing her husband's professional activities and remembering several of his closest colleagues. The interview concludes with an appraisal of the place of science in Catholic universities and an explanation of the Laidler-ADX controversy of the mid 1950's.

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  • 28 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Rice, F. O. (Francis Owen), interviewed by John A. Heitmann in Mishawaka, Indiana on January 5, 1984. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0006. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/f1881n180.

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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.

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