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Abstract of Interview
In this interview, Herbert Morawetz traces his early life prior to leaving Czechoslovakia on the Nazi invasion and resettling in Canada, where he studied chemical engineering at the University of Toronto. He describes his introduction to industrial research work and his consequent PhD study at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and late postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Morawetz outlines the circumstances of his appointment to the faculty at Brooklyn and his research and scholarly activities there. During the course of the interview Morawetz reflects on some of his graduate students, on the future of polymer education, and on international scientific collaboration.
|1942||University of Toronto||BASc||Chemical Engineering|
|1943||University of Toronto||MASc||Chemical Engineering|
|1950||Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute||PhD||Chemistry|
Harvard Medical School
Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute
|1966 to 1967||
N. I. H. Fellow, Universities of Naples and Rome
Centennial Scholar, Case Western Reserve University
Whitby Memorial Lecturer, University of Akron
Polymer Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
Table of Contents
Family background, father's business interests. High school studies and training period in Northern Ireland. Escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
Undergraduate study of chemical engineering. Master's program.
Polymer research and development at Bakelite Company. Postgraduate study at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D. research with Turner Alfrey. Postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Solid-state polymerization. Sabbatical leave at Weizmann Institute. Microtacticity. Publication of books, interest in history of polymer science. Boycott of Tashkent meeting. Graduate students, consultancy, and patents.
About the Interviewer
James J. Bohning was professor emeritus of chemistry at Wilkes University, where he had been a faculty member from 1959 to 1990. He served there as chemistry department chair from 1970 to 1986 and environmental science department chair from 1987 to 1990. Bohning was chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of the History of Chemistry in 1986; he received the division’s Outstanding Paper Award in 1989 and presented more than forty papers at national meetings of the society. Bohning was on the advisory committee of the society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program from its inception in 1992 through 2001 and is currently a consultant to the committee. He developed the oral history program of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and he was CHF’s director of oral history from 1990 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Bohning was a science writer for the News Service group of the American Chemical Society. In May 2005, he received the Joseph Priestley Service Award from the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. Bohning passed away in September 2011.