Oral history interview with Frank R. Mayo

Oral history interview with Frank R. Mayo

  • 1981-Jan-21

In this interview Dr. Frank Mayo first discusses his educational career as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago. He then traces his professional career as a research chemist with Du Pont, an instructor at the University of Chicago where his primary role was the supervision of Morris Kharasch's research group, a group leader at U.S. Rubber during and after World War II, a research associate at General Electric, and finally, a fellow at SRI International. He discusses his closest associates, explains his scientific work, and comments on the rise of free radical chemistry and the value of applying basic research to practical problems.

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  • 56 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Mayo, Frank R. (Rea), interviewed by Leon B. Gortler in SRI International on January 21, 1981. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0031. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/n296x0316.

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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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