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At Harvard competition was fierce and I always got a solid B, but not the straight A's of many of my class mates. These were the days when most got a gentleman's C.
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At Harvard I majored in chemistry with a strong inclination toward math.
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At the time my dog had a fungus on her chest that wouldn't heal and resisted treatment. I made an ointment with our product and it cleared up in two days. She lived to 17 years.
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At this point I was strongly advised that I was too young socially to go to college so I took a second senior year at Andover, another boarding school.
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I also got a good lesson in New England thrift. To get free ice for our physics experiments we had to wait until it snowed.
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I can't think of any relatives that ever went into science.
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I didn't think of it at the time, but we spent most of three weeks on the north Atlantic with no contact at all with the outside world.
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I was born in Taunton, Massachusetts on June 1, 1917, but I actually grew up in nearby New Bedford.
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I was one who liked to work with my hands as well as my brain.
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I was particularly good at math and science.
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I went to boarding school at Berkshire in western Massachusetts, definitely the most beautiful part of the state.
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I went to Columbia with Professor Elderfield and worked on making simple analogs of the cardiac aglucones.
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I'll never forget the fall colors on the Berkshires.
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In 1944, I was transferred to St. Louis to work on plasticizers and intermediates.
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In those days I was terrible at athletics and never made a team, but quite easily led my class in academics.
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In those days industry would hire any chemist that could breathe.
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Later in the fifties I got involved in kinetic studies using my long forgotten math background.
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Monsanto had developed a separate line of advancement for those who wished to stay in technology and I rose to the top of that ladder before I even thought of asymmetric hydrogenations.
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Most of my assignments were pretty mundane, like making super pure hexamethylenetetramine to be used for making the explosive cyclonite.
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My family background was heavily slanted toward business and seafaring matters.
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My family gave me the best in education.
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New York was an exciting place to be in those war years and my draft board forced Columbia to push me out sooner than would ordinarily happen.
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Obviously, I kept active in this area until I retired in 1986, and continued in a consulting capacity for several years after.
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On graduating in 1939 I was strongly advised to go elsewhere to graduate school.
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On graduating, I was easily admitted to Harvard. In that era all one had to do was pass the College Board exams.
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Paralleling Nobel's experience I too had an explosion. Mine came when distilling diazomethane. No one was hurt, but a bottle of intermediate that I had labored on for months was destroyed.
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Shortly after the war the discovery that cortisone might become a large volume pharmaceutical caused Monsanto to engage Professor Woodward with the hope of commercializing his synthetic approach.
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That summer I took a cruise on a 75-foot schooner with no engine, sailing from Gloucester, Massachusetts to Norway.
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To my father, business was the highest calling, but to my mother, medicine was the top profession.
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