In this interview John Schaefgen begins with his family history and early life in Gross Point, Illinois. He then discusses the development of his interest in science, and describes his education, including his professors and fellow students at Northwestern University and Ohio State University. In the central portion of the interview, Schaefgen considers his association with Paul Flory at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and recalls his move to the Pioneering Research Laboratory at Du Pont. He then describes his interests and accomplishments in polymer chemistry. The interview concludes with a discussion of his colleagues, professional society activities, and views on the characteristics of innovative research.
John R. Schaefgen, interviewed by Raymond C. Ferguson in Wilmington, Delaware on April 3, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0041. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/hm50ts86r.