Daniel W. Fox

Born: May 14, 1923 | Johnston, PA, US
Died: Wednesday, February 15, 1989 | Berkshire, MA, US
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Daniel Fox holding a sample of Lexan polycarbonate resin, CHF Collections.

Daniel Fox begins the interview with a discussion of his family background and early education. After graduating from high school, he attended Penn State University for one year, then joined the Air Force and became a navigator during World War II. When he returned from his military service, Fox went to Lebanon Valley College, where he earned his BS in chemistry in 1949. He went to graduate school at the University of Illinois, studying polymer chemistry under Carl "Speed" Marvel, then decided to move to the University of Oklahoma, where he worked on nitration studies of diphenols and biphenyls, and received his PhD in 1953. Fox did research for the Atomic Energy Commission, synthesizing isocorsitrone. then in 1953 accepted a position at General Electric, and spent the rest of his career there. He worked on various projects, including polycarbonates, PPPO, PBT, and the development of Lexan and Ultem. 

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0058
No. of pages: 68
Minutes: 244

Interview Sessions

Leonard W. Fine and George Wise
14 August 2006
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Abstract of Interview

Daniel Fox begins the interview with a discussion of his family background and early education. Fox and his sisters grew up in various parts of Pennsylvania. He credits his high school chemistry teacher with piquing his interest in science. After graduating from high school, he decided to attend Penn State University. He only spent a year there, however, before joining the Air Force and became a navigator during World War II. When he returned from his military service, Fox went to Lebanon Valley College, where he earned his BS in chemistry in 1949. He then went directly to graduate school at the University of Illinois, studying under Speed" Marvel. There he was first introduced to polymer chemistry. Fox was married by this time, and he and his wife had difficulty finding housing in the Urbana area. So he decided to move to the University of Oklahoma. There he worked on nitration studies of diphenols and biphenyls, and received his PhD in 1953. Though the Air Force wanted Fox to serve during the Korean War, he instead did research for the Atomic Energy Commission, synthesizing isocorsitrone. In 1953, Fox accepted a position at General Electric, and spent his entire career there. He worked on various projects, including polycarbonates, PPPO, PBT, and the development of Lexan and Ultem. Fox concludes the interview with his final thoughts on working at General Electric.

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