Oral history interview with Robert Armstrong

Oral history interview with Robert Armstrong

  • 1986-May-01

Dr. Robert Armstrong describes his childhood in Nebraska and Arizona and how he managed to support himself through undergraduate and graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He remembers the faculty at MIT and the support some of his teachers gave him during his stay there. After completing his graduate research, Armstrong moved to the U.S. Rubber Company, where he coupled investigations of rubber vulcanization with pioneering research on radical polymerization. Early on, Armstrong recognized the value of systematic studies of copolymerization. During World War II, he was persuaded to work at the North American Rayon Company. Soon after the war ended, Armstrong started his career at the Celanese Corporation, which lasted until his retirement. He describes his functions as he progressed up the corporate ladder and also outlines his involvement with the establishment of the Research Triangle Institute.

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  • 24 pages
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Armstrong, Robert T. (Robert Thexton), interviewed by James J. Bohning in Highland Beach, Florida on May 1, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0011. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/n583xw033.

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