Oral history interview with Melvin S. Newman

Oral history interview with Melvin S. Newman

  • 1979-Mar-03 (First session)
  • 1979-Mar-04 (Second session)

This interview covers the education, teaching, and research of Melvin S. Newman, an eminent organic chemist. Initially, Newman discusses his family, childhood, and early education. He then elucidates his undergraduate and graduate activities at Yale and describes his initial experiences at Ohio State University, where he has spent most of his academic career. The interview continues with Newman's remarks about his early consulting and doctoral advising. The central portion of the interview contains Newman's reflections about his research at Ohio State and his approach to teaching in the classroom and in the laboratory. His publications, use of the innovative "Newman Projection," later consulting, patents, and awards are also discussed. The interview concludes with Newman's views about research funding, former students, and philosophies of teaching and administration.

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  • 87 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Newman, Melvin S. (Melvin Spencer), interviewed by Milton Orchin in Ohio State University on March 4, 1979. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0004. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/tq57ns187.

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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.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

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