William S. Knowles begins his oral history by discussing his early life during the Great Depression and his education, including time at Harvard University and Columbia University. Knowles spent the majority of his career at Monsanto Company, where he moved from studies of vanillin to research on steroid chemistry and L-Dopa, among other topics. Knowles discusses the many projects he worked on while at Monsanto, his 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the challenges of being an industrial scientist.
William S. Knowles, interviewed by Michael A. Grayson in St. Louis, Missouri on January 30, 2008. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0406. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/pc289k25p.
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