Oral history interview with Fred W. McLafferty

Oral history interview with Fred W. McLafferty

  • 2007-Jan-22 (First session)
  • 2007-Jan-23 (Second session)

McLafferty discusses his upbringing as he continued his education in chemistry in an accelerated degree program at the University of Nebraska during World War II. Having enlisted in the war and after months of combat, McLafferty returned to Nebraska to earn his Master's degree and later his doctoral degree at Cornell University. Shifting his interests to organic chemistry, he entered industry at the Dow Chemical Company where he was introduced to mass spectrometry, a field that figures prominently in much of McLafferty's collaborations and scientific work. Eventually, he moved into academia, teaching and researching at Purdue University and then Cornell University.

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  • 175 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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Fred W. McLafferty, interviewed by Michael A. Grayson in Cornell University on January 23, 2007. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0352. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/fb4949477.

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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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