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From small organic molecules to large : a century of progress
Mark, H. F. (Herman Francis), 1895-1992.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : American Chemical Society, 1993.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 148 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Herman Mark was internationally known for his research on the synthesis, structure, characterization, reactions, and properties of natural and synthetic polymers. In this volume he describes not only his research contributions, but also his World War I adventures (he was the highest decoratedAustrian officer, with fourteen medals for bravery), the nature of his survival and escape from the Nazis to the United States via Canada, and his various contributions to the Allied effort during World War II. The volume is rich with photographs covering Mark's nearly 100 years!

Table of Contents

List of Photographsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Editor's Notep. xxi
Childhood, Adolescence, and World War Ip. 3
Chemistry Study in Viennap. 15
The Move to Berlin-Dahlemp. 19
Early Studies with Natural Fibersp. 23
Quantum Physics and Albert Einsteinp. 29
I. G. Farben, Ludwigshafen on the Rhinep. 33
Academic Contactp. 41
Further Studies with Cellulosep. 43
Studies with Rubber and Synthetic Polymersp. 47
Some Digressionsp. 53
Confirming the Existence of Covalent Long-Chain Moleculesp. 55
The Looming Nazi Threatp. 61
University of Viennap. 65
Concept of Macromoleculesp. 77
Nazi Threat and Subsequent Emigrationp. 83
Canadap. 87
Brooklyn in the War Years and Early Post-War Periodp. 93
Weizmann Institutep. 103
Other International Associationsp. 109
The Institute of Polymer Research and Recent Yearsp. 115
My Philosophical Outlookp. 133
Referencesp. 135
Additional Readingp. 137
Indexp. 141

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