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Interview with John T. Edsall.
 
Interview with John T. Edsall. November 1, 1991.
Interview by Thomas Hager for use in "Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling," (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

War Work Directed by Robert Corey. (1:32)

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John Edsall: Corey was certainly, temperamentally, profoundly different from Pauling.

Thomas Hager: Tell me...Yeah.

John Edsall: He had to get everything just right. He was a very...yes. A very nice man, very quiet and steady, he only had a couple of people working with him, if I remember. But it may have been three. Anyway, it was a small group and that is all he wanted. I know Linus told me later on, after the war, that he said that the work that Corey did in the war temporarily transformed him completely. And it was something, I can't remember what it was, but Linus could tell you this, but anyway it was a rather urgent wartime project. I am not sure whether it involved explosives or what.

Thomas Hager: Yeah, he was working on that.

John Edsall: Well, apparently he was put in charge of the project, and he had a large group of about fifty people to direct, but he apparently adapted to this rapidly and everybody agreed that he was an excellent director of the project. And then when the war was over, he went back to the way of doing things that he had done before the war began. He didn't want more than two or three people around in the lab with him.

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Creator: Thomas Hager, John T. Edsall
Associated: Robert Corey, Linus Pauling
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Creator: Thomas Hager, John T. Edsall

Date: November 1, 1991
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