Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hard times in the past

I think I might turn something like this into a modern art exhibit in the future.

(from respected reader SRS)

11 comments:

  1. For some reason, this picture made me think of Groundhog Day. It's a day early, isn't it?

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  2. I'm sure the soon-to-be Dr. Roland will find a suitable position in a little more than a month, aided by the actions of the Japanese in Hawaii.

    He had it tough. The Great Depression and a wife and four children. I don't know about the 19 years of schooling. Was he going to finish his PhD in 3 years?

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    1. You sure that doesn't say 1971?

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    2. Sorry, my mistake. It is 1971. Verified via Google Books.

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  3. How the times have - oh, right.

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  4. Is it normal to finish PhD at 31?

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    1. Probably not for 1971, but the median age of PhD chemistry graduates in 2015 in the US was 29, so I think 31 would be within one standard deviation.

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    2. Interestingly, Utah State doesn't have any dissertations with Mitchell Roland as an author.

      https://library.usu.edu/etd/

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  5. Well, I've been looking for this guy on Google and on LinkedIn. It sure looks like he never got that chemistry job in the end.

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  6. So I did eventually find him. His PhD was in 1975 for heterocyclic chemist Richard C. Anderson. He later worked for Thiokol in Utah. Mitchell is 77 years old today.

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