A Viennese-born American tells his story, his life and education in Austria, his determination to become a chemist and the ways by which he accomplished this; his coming to America and his first job at a Pittsburgh blast furnace. Then odd jobs until he landed with the American Linseed Oil and achieved fame as an expert on oils. Bidelines of experimentation brought him queer customers and problems; and the first world war widened the scope of his chosen profession. Why Was Lincoln dered? in 1937 established him as a lecturer and historian. Then with the European unrest, he returned to Austria a number of times, helping the needy there, sensing the implications of approaching war. Thoroughly engaging account of one man's life, and fresh and new material on chemists, their standing, their work, their importance today.