Oral history interview with Norman Hackerman

Oral history interview with Norman Hackerman

  • 1990-Oct-23

Norman Hackerman recounts his seven years at Johns Hopkins University, where he received both his bachelor's and PhD degrees and developed interests in philosophy and psychology as well as in physical chemistry. remarks upon the difficulties the university encountered due to the Depression, and its effects upon laboratory equipment and research. He next describes his experiences teaching at Loyola College and consulting for the Colloid Corporation, his job with the Coast Guard at the Federal Lighthouse Service, his years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his work on the Manhattan District Project. The final portion of the interview briefly summarizes his early teaching background at the University of Texas, his consulting work for the Lone Star Gas Company, and his creation of the Corrosion Research Laboratory (now the Balcones Research Center).

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  • 37 pages
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Norman Hackerman, interviewed by James J. Bohning in Robert A. Welch Foundation on October 23, 1990. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0083A. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/wd375x17m.

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