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Abstract of Interview
Andrew Streitwieser begins this interview by describing his family, early education, and undergraduate days at Columbia University. He then discusses his graduate education at Columbia, stressing the influence of William Doering upon his work, and his research on molecular orbital theory as a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Finally, Streitwieser describes the emergence of organic chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and his own ambitious and productive research program there.
University of California, Berkeley
|1958 to 1962||
Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
|1959 to 1960||
Faculty Fellow, National Science Foundation
ACS Award in Petroleum Chemistry, American Chemical Society
Senior Scientist Award, Humboldt Foundation
Physical Organic Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society
Table of Contents
Parents and siblings. Scientific interests in grade school. An early publication on fluorene. Chemical experiments during high school. Organic Specialties.
Coursework in chemistry. Doering, Woodward, and early organic chemistry. The influence of Doering and Weaver. Army service.
Completing undergraduate work. Courses in physical and quantitative chemistry. Beginning graduate work. Friends and colleagues at Doering's lab.
The seminars and their importance. Organic chemistry in transition. Research in solvolyses. A lab in Katonah.
Working with Jack Roberts. Molecular orbital theory and calculations. Saunders and other colleagues.
The dominance of physical chemistry. Jensen, Heathcock, Stewart, Olsen, and the rise of organic chemistry. Don Noyce and Bill Dauben.
Reaction mechanisms with stereochemistry. Testing Huckel's MO theory. Deuterium isotopes. The relation of organic and physical chemistry today.
About the Interviewer
Leon Gortler is a professor of chemistry at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He holds AB and MS degrees from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Harvard University where he worked with Paul Bartlett. He has long been interested in the history of chemistry, in particular the development of physical organic chemistry, and has conducted over fifty oral and videotaped interviews with major American chemists.