Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers

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    Wallace Hume Carothers (1896-1937) was chemist and inventor of Neoprene artificial rubber and Nylon synthetic fiber. He worked as a chemist in E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's Fundamental Research Program from 1928 until his death in 1937.
    The Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) collection contains ten interviews conducted in July and August of 1978 with Carothers’s friends, family, and colleagues. Five of the interviews were recorded as well as transcribed, while others were only transcribed.
    The interviewees primarily share stories and focus on their feelings surrounding Carothers’s personality, work, and suicide. Helen Sweetman, Carothers’s wife, is also a common subject. Other topics include the DuPont Experimental Station, life in mid-twentieth century Wilmington, Delaware, and Carothers’s election to the National Academy of Sciences.
    Image: Portrait of Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, circa 1928. Click here to view in the collection.

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