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Interview with Edward W. Hughes

Hughes, Edward W. (1984) Interview with Edward W. Hughes. [Oral History]

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An interview in November 1979, with Edward W. Hughes, senior research associate in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. BS, Cornell, 1924; PhD, 1935. 1938, becomes research fellow at Caltech, working with Linus Pauling; teaches war-training courses. Postwar work for Shell Development Company; returns to Caltech as research associate in 1946. He recalls the early days of crystallography in the U.S.; his good fortune to work with Sir Lawrence Bragg while still at Cornell; later work at Caltech with Pauling; defense of alpha helix before the Royal Society. Leeds lectureship. Discusses Pauling’s part in the eventual discovery of DNA structure; Pauling’s sponsorship of 1957 U.N. petition against nuclear testing. Recalls arrival of women as graduate students at Caltech. He concludes with remarks on his current writing, on his wife’s secretarial work for Pauling and as head of Chem Wives; and his participation on the chemistry division’s safety committee.

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Record Number:CaltechOH:OH_Hughes_E
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Official Citation:Hughes, Edward W. Interview by Graham Berry. Pasadena, California, November 20, 1979. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives. Retrieved [supply date of retrieval] from the World Wide Web:
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Deposited On:20 May 2021 23:13
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