In this interview Mac Pruitt discusses his early upbringing in a rural area of Texas and his struggles to complete undergraduate education during the Depression. After starting as a control chemist on the graveyard shift at the Dow facility in Freeport, Texas, Pruitt progressed through the laboratories and embarked on his extensive studies of the ionic polymerization of cyclic oxide monomers. The circumstances of his move into senior research management and his eventual transfer to Midland, Michigan, are embellished by Pruitt's reflections on R&D and on his initiatory role in the formation of the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology and the Council for Chemical Research.
Pruitt, M. E. (Malcolm E.), interviewed by James J. Bohning in Midland, Michigan on January 15, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0039. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/fn107014d.
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