Paul M. Doty
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Abstract of Interview
Paul Doty begins by describing his family's background and his early education in Western Pennsylvania. He also recalls attending the ACS national meeting while he was still a teenager. He describes his impressions of Pennsylvania State College under Frank Whitmore, and the influence of John G. (Jack) Aston. Examining his selection of Columbia University for graduate studies, Doty describes the famous scientists there at that time and the effects of World War II; next he discusses how thesis research in physical chemistry led to work on light scattering and polymers. He remembers his coworkers, including Bruno Zimm and Turner Alfrey, and his postdoc in Eric Rideal's laboratory at Cambridge University, where he was first drawn to research in biopolymers. Doty recounts his early research at Harvard University, including protein denaturation and renaturation, and describes his colleagues. He continues the interview with an account of the development of biochemistry at Harvard and his involvement in public service and activism in nuclear and international issues. Finally, Paul Doty reflects on national characteristics in academic policy.
|1941||Pennsylvania State University||BS||Chemistry|
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York
University of Notre Dame
|1946 to 1947||
Rockefeller Fellow, Cambridge University, England
|1950 to 1951||
Guggenheim Fellow, held in 1958, Cambridge University
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Priestly Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University
Award in Pure Chemistry, American Chemical Society
Edgar Fahs Smith Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
Harrison Howe Lecturer, University of Rochester
|1961 to 1965||
Member, President's Science Advisory Committee
Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
DSc, University of Chicago
Gold Medal Award, City College Chemistry Alumni Association
Fellow, American Philosophical Society
Robertson Memorial Lecturer, National Academy of Sciences
Dedication Lecture, Mitsubishi-Kasei Institute of Life Sciences, Tokyo
25th Anniversary Lecture, Brandeis University
J. T. Donald Lecture in Chemistry, McGill University
Foreign Member, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Table of Contents
High school interest in chemistry. BS in chemistry from Pennsylvania State College. PhD in chemistry from Columbia University.
Teaching position at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Co-directorship.
European contacts. Early light scattering research.
Synthetic polymer research. Consulting work for Union Carbide. Introduction ofoptical rotary dispersion method. Work on denaturation and renaturation of DNA. Work on protein synthesis. Work on mapping the collagen gene.
Founding of Biochemistry Department. Founding of three journals.
Election to the National Research Council. Appointment to the President's Science Advisory Committee. Opinions on government science funding and policy.
About the Interviewer
Raymond C. Ferguson obtained his degrees in chemistry from Iowa State University (BS, MS) and Harvard University (PhD). He worked in research divisions of the Organic Chemicals, Elastomer Chemicals, and Central Research Departments of DuPont, principally in molecular spectroscopy, organic structure analysis, and polymer characterization. Currently he is affiliated with CONDUX, Inc., a consulting association of former DuPont professionals.