This is a collection of videos recording original interviews with faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology: Simon Bauer, Don Cooke, Roald Hoffmann, Fred McLafferty and Harold Scheraga.

For more details go to the Oral History Project.

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  • A Conversation with Dave Collum 

    Collum, David B.; Ganem, Bruce (Internet-First University Press, 2014-12-16)
    David B. Collum, the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, describes his unusual entry into chemistry while an undergraduate at Cornell University, a exciting experience ...
  • A Conversation with Barbara Baird and David Holowka 

    Baird, Barbara A.; Holowka, David A. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-12-16)
  • Jerrold Meinwald wins National Medal of Science 

    Ju, Anne (Cornell University, 2014-10-03)
  • Roald Hoffmann Symposium Concert 

    Hoffmann, Roald (Internet-First University Press, 2014-07-21)
  • A Conversation with David Usher 

    Usher, David A.; Ganem, Bruce (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-10)
    David Anthony Usher was born in Harrow in the UK on November 1st, 1936, and emigrated with his family to Wellington, New Zealand in 1948. After a year at Wellesley College in Days Bay he became a boarder in Grey House ...
  • A Conversation with Ben Widom 

    Widom, Ben; Meinwald, Jerrold (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-13)
    Benjamin Widom, Professor of Chemistry emeritus, sketches his career in science starting from his years in Stuyvesant High School in New York City, followed by his undergraduate years at Columbia University, then as a Ph.D. ...
  • A Conversation with Héctor D. Abruña 

    Abruña, Héctor D.; DiSalvo, Francis J (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-13)
    “A Conversation with Héctor D. Abruña” is a contribution from the Oral History Project of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Héctor D. Abruña (known to his friends as Tito; which derives from the diminutive ...
  • A Conversation with James M. Burlitch 

    Burlitch, James M.; Fay, Robert C. (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-27)
    James Burlitch, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology describes his early interest in science and Nature, his liberal arts education at Wheeling College in Wheeling, WV, and PhD degree in ...
  • A Conversation with Robert C. Fay 

    Fay, Robert C.; Hoffmann, Roald (Interviewer) (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-27)
    Robert C. Fay, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, describes the development of his interest in chemistry, his undergraduate education at Oberlin College, and graduate studies in inorganic ...
  • A Conversation with Charles F. Wilcox, Jr. 

    Wilcox, Charles F. Jr. (Internet-First University Press, 2012-09-08)
    Charles Wilcox, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, relates his youthful introduction to chemistry and the path that led through MIT, UCLA, and Harvard to a faculty position at Cornell. He explains how he was drawn to Physical ...

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