Oral history interview with Donald A. Green and Willard C. Asbury

Oral history interview with Donald A. Green and Willard C. Asbury

  • 1985-Dec-09

Peter Morris starts this interview by asking Donald Green and Willard Asbury about the early years at Standard Oil Development Company and the influence of Frank Howard and Eger Murphree. The arc process is discussed as well as the level of assistance obtained from IG Farben; Green and Asbury recall the IG research organization. The wartime pressures during the development of GR-S, and the problems at the Baton Rouge plant are discussed by Green, while Asbury tells of his visit to Germany with the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey. The political recriminations of the prewar cooperation between Standard Oil and IG Farben are recollected as are visits to Germany in the 1930s and 1950s. The interview ends with a survey of the postwar move into chemicals, the Ziegler process and the future of the oil and petrochemical industries.

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  • 52 pages
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Willard C. Asbury, interviewed by Peter J. T. Morris in Westfield, New Jersey on December 9, 1985. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0065. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/x920fx72t.

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