Oral history interview with William S. Knowles 2008 January 30


Oral history interview with William S. Knowles 2008 January 30

William S. Knowles begins his oral history by discussing his early life during the Great Depression and his education, including time at Harvard University and Columbia University. Knowles spent the majority of his career at Monsanto Company, where he moved from studies of vanillin to research on steroid chemistry and L-Dopa, among other topics. Knowles discusses the many projects he worked on while at Monsanto, his 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the challenges of being an industrial scientist.

Sound recordings ; digital, mp3 fileTranscript : (144 leaves) ; 29 cm.

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