Oral history interview with Louis C. Rubens

Oral history interview with Louis C. Rubens

  • 1986-Aug-19

Louis Rubens begins the interview by discussing his family background and early education. Rubens grew up in Escanaba, Michigan, where his parents ran a tourist park. He attended parochial school, and he credits his teachers there for sparking his interest in mathematics and chemistry. After high school, Rubens followed in the footsteps of his older brother and attended Jordan College. There, he studied chemistry, and when the school closed in 1939 due to financial difficulties, Rubens received his Associate's degree. Though he tried to transfer to other colleges, he was not successful and soon decided to take a position at Dow. Rubens rose through the ranks of research, working on the stabilization and impact enhancement of polystyrene, the production of co-polymers, and the development of the composite foam system. Rubens concludes the interview with a discussion of the importance of management support for research, the influence of H.H. Dow's research philosophy, and the future of the foam industry.

Place of interview
Original file type MP3, PDF
  • 42 pages
Rights In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights holder
  • Science History Institute
Related URL
Credit line
  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

Physical location


Cite as

Louis C. Rubens, interviewed by James J. Bohning in Midland, Michigan on August 19, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0048. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/sq87bv80v.

  Export citation (RIS) ?

This citation is automatically generated and may contain errors.

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.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

7 Separate Interview Segments Archival-quality downloads