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Abstract of Interview
National Research Council
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
National Science Foundation
R. Pariser & Co., Inc.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Delaware Section Award, American Chemical Society
Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, April Issue, in honor of Rudolph Pariser, Robert G. Parr, and John A. Pople
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
Honorary Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
The Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement
Emeritus Certificate, Rubber Division, American Chemical Society
Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Table of Contents
Growing up in Harbin, China. How Pariser's father and mother ended up in Harbin. Attending the Von Hindenburg Schule. A brief history of Manchuria. Experiencing World War II from the Far East. Attending American School in Japan (ASIJ). Mother's work with World War II refugees. Jim Rasbury.
Enrolling at the University of California at Berkeley. Father's escape from Harbin. Working at Kaiser Permanente Mills. The Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley. Enlisting in the United States Army. Experiences in the Army. Ph.D. work on chlorophyll photosensitized reactions at the University of Minnesota.
Jackson Laboratory. Research on stilbene derivatives. Mentors. Research on the relationship between structure and color of dyes. Working with Robert Parr. Zero differential overlap. Using IBM computers. The Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure Symposium of 1952. Calculations with PPP Theory.
Considering an academic career. Impressions of the IBM 701. Doing polymer-related work. Joining the Elastomer Chemicals Department. Neoprene research. Developing Viton. The Pariser Prize. Becoming the Director of Exploratory Research. Developing Vamac. Developing Hytrel. Developing Kalrez. Rewarding performance.
Working in the Sales Department. Departmentalization at DuPont. The affect of the 1970s oil crisis on DuPont. Becoming the Research Director in charge of Pioneering Research. Working on group-transfer polymerization. Charles Pederson. Crown ethers. Pederson's research. Central Research as "Purity Hall. " Mentoring at DuPont.
Charles Overberger. Experiences at the NRC. On the ad hoc panel of Department of Energy chemistry research. Edel Wasserman. Halon fire suppression. CHEMRAWN VII and XIV. Meeting Margaret Louise Marsh. Thoughts on his legacy at DuPont. Winning the Lavoisier Medal.
About the Interviewer
Arthur Daemmrich is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School and a senior research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His research examines science, medicine, and the state, with a focus on advancing theories of risk and regulation through empirical research on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical sectors. At HBS he also plays an active role in an interdisciplinary Healthcare Initiative, advancing scholarship and developing applied lessons for the business of creating and delivering health services and health-related technologies. Daemmrich was previously the director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2002 and has held fellowships at the Social Science Research Council/Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He has published widely on pharmaceutical and chemical regulation, biotechnology business and policy, innovation, and history of science.