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Paul John Flory A Life of Science and Friends

    209 Pages 141 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    by CRC Press

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    Paul John Flory: A Life of Science and Friends is the first full-length treatment of the life and work of Paul John Flory, recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1974. It presents a chronological progression of his scientific, professional, and personal achievements as recounted and written by his former students and colleagues.

    This book covers the span of Flory’s life, including a family history and reflections on the marks he left on the lives of various individuals within the scientific community. He played a major role in the consolidation of the macromolecular paradigm in chemistry, physics, and materials science. His influence permeates virtually every aspect of polymer science. The book includes an extensive collection of personal remembrances telling the circumstances under which colleagues worked with Flory, discussing their joint work, and assessing Flory’s place in polymer science, chemistry, and world science.

    The contributors memorialize Flory for more than his scientific and technical contributions. Several chapters are written by living friends who reflect upon his impact on their work and careers. He also played a role in human rights within the scientific community, making efforts to liberate scientists who lived and worked behind the Iron Curtain, particularly in the Soviet Union.

    Paul John Flory: A Life of Science and Friends illustrates an example of an individual of scientific and personal excellence. His living friends and colleagues believe his story must be told. In telling it and making it available for future generations, his closest friends and colleagues ensure his continued inspiration to people in and outside laboratories worldwide.

    Paul John Flory: A Life of Science and Friends

    History of the Flory Family

    Flory at Manchester College (Now University)

    Flory at Ohio State University

    Flory at DuPont 1934-1938

    Flory at the University of Cincinnati 1938-1940

    Flory at Esso 1940-1943

    Flory at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 1943-1948

    Flory at Cornell University 1948-1956

    Flory at the Victoria University of Manchester

    Flory at Mellon Institute

    Flory at Stanford: 1961-1985

    Flory at Stanford: After the Nobel Prize

    Emily Catherine (Tabor) Flory: Ultimate Partner

    Friends of Flory

    Honors and Awards

    Paul John Flory: Humanitarian

    Paul John Flory: Scientist

    Paul John Flory: Friend



    Gary D. Patterson , PhD, is professor of chemical physics and polymer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his PhD in physical chemistry from Stanford University working with Paul John Flory. He was a member of technical staff in the Chemical Physics Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1972 to 1984 and received the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research in 1981 for his work on the structure and dynamics of amorphous polymers using light scattering. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has published more than 100 papers in technical journals such as Macromolecules , the Journal of Chemical Physics , and the Journal of Polymer Science . He is the author of Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules (CRC Press, 2007). He is now a chemical historian and has published many articles and books on the history of polymer science and the history of physical chemistry. He is the Chair of the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He has been associated with the Chemical Heritage Foundation since 2004 and is now the Chair of the Heritage Council and is a member of the Board of Directors. James E. Mark , PhD, is professor of chemistry emeritus at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He fell in love with polymer science while working with Tom Fox at Rohm and Haas during a break in his undergraduate years. He followed this star as a postdoctoral fellow with Paul Flory at Stanford. He rose to the position of professor at the University of Michigan (1972) before being appointed to the University of Cincinnati in 1977. He was the director of the Polymer Research Center and a distinguished research professor. He has published extensively in the areas of physical chemistry of macromolecules, especially rubber. He has been honored with many awards