Paul W. Morgan

Born: August 30, 1911 | West Chesterfield, NH, US
Died: Thursday, May 28, 1992

Paul Morgan discusses his upbringing in Maine, his undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, his graduate research at Ohio State University on naturally-occuring plant pigments, and his post-doctoral work on cellulose derivatives. He describes his Du Pont investigations of the synthesis of polymers, with particular emphasis on interfacial polycondensation. Incorporated into the interview are Morgan's reflections on scientific publication from an industrial setting. 

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0033
No. of pages: 53
Minutes: 128

Interview Sessions

Herman Skolnik
15 March 1986
West Chester, Pennsylvania

Abstract of Interview

Paul Morgan starts the interview by describing his childhood in Maine and his family background, high school, and early interests. After undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, Morgan did graduate research at Ohio State University on naturally-occurring plant pigments and continued with postdoctoral work on cellulose derivatives. He describes his DuPont investigations of the synthesis of polymers, with particular emphasis on interfacial polycondensation. Incorporated into the interview are Morgan's reflections on scientific publication from an industrial setting. 

Education

Year Institution Degree Discipline
1937 University of Maine BS Chemistry
1940 Ohio State University PhD Organic Chemistry

Professional Experience

Ohio State University

1937 to 1940
Teaching Assistant, chemistry
1940 to 1941
Du Pont Fellow

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

1941 to 1946
Research Chemist
1946 to 1957
Research Associate
1957 to 1973
Research Fellow
1973 to 1976
Senior Research Fellow

Honors

Year(s) Award
1959

Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society

1976

Polymer Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society

1976

Howard N. Potts Medal, The Franklin Institute

1977

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

1977

Best Publication Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society

1978

Engineering Materials Achievement Award, American Society for Metals

1978

Swinburne Award, Plastics and Rubber Institute of Great Britain

1978

Kenneth Hertel Lectureship, University of Tennessee

1979

W. H. Rauscher Memorial Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1979

Midgley Award, Detroit Section, American Chemical Society

1982

Honorary Member, The Fiber Society

1986

Delaware Section Award, American Chemical Society

1987

Whitby Memorial Lectureship, University of Akron

1988

World Materials Congress Award

1988

Carothers Award Lecture, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society

Table of Contents

Childhood
1

Family background. High school and boyhood interests. Brother and his career.

University studies
12

Professors at University of Maine. Graduate study at Ohio State University. Plant pigments. Marriage, life at Columbus. Colleagues at Ohio State. Cellulose derivatives. Abstracting.

Career at DuPont
30

Rayon Laboratories, move to Experimental Station. Scientific publication from industry. Polymer synthesis. DuPont colleagues. Interfacial polycondensation and Kevlar. Retirement, family. Review articles.

Notes
48
Index
50

About the Interviewer

Herman Skolnik

Herman Skolnik received a BS in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Hercules, Inc., as a research chemist in 1942, and served as a divisional research manager from 1952 until his retirement in 1979. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Chemical Documentation, and has published over 200 papers and four books, including A Century of Chemistry, the centennial history of the American Chemical Society.