By Harold Johnston
This quantity tells the unconventional precise tales referring to hugely proficient civilian scientists in a few strange locations and occasions in the course of global conflict II. the aim of the paintings is to provide a virtually forgotten background of mystery warfare learn in universities. the focal point is at the slender topic of chemical struggle examine and on a small variety of members, yet with in-depth examine of those contributors and what they did. in most cases graduate scholars and younger teachers, they have been operating below the path of professors on the California Institute of expertise (Caltech) and the collage of California (Berkeley). motion came about in California, Florida and the jungles of Panama. This background touches at the paintings of 4 senior Nobel Prize winners and 8 junior, destiny Nobel Prize winners at Caltech and Berkeley.
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Caltech limited the number of undergraduate students to 640, and students were required to take two years of English, as well as courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Pictures showed some students playing poker and others playing three-dimensional tick-tack-toe. Everythmg about it glowed with charm and challenge. I strongly wanted to go to Caltech. I felt reluctant to ask for so much money from my family, but I presented the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative to my parents.
After that first day, I approached the S-10 hood with especial caution, although some of the other chemicals were equally or more poisonous; the “colorless odorless” part of it made it different. At least, CHAR I stopped S-10 to a satisfactory degree. There had been no facility in the country set up to malce a large amount of S- 10. Professor Dickinson consulted the famous ingenious inorganic chemist at Caltech, Professor Don Yost, who knew a better way to make S-10 than that used by the army to get their sample.
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A Bridge Not Attacked: Chemical Warfare Civilian Research During World War II by Harold Johnston