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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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ioo I Dialogue Over the years Henry Eyring's status in the first rank of scientists has become secure. He has produced a staggering volume of research publications in the fields of his interests: application of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, radioactivity, theory of reaction rates, theory of liquids, rheology, molecular biology, optical rotation, and theory of flames. He is a longstanding member of the National Academy of Science. His work has led to seventeen major awards, thirteen honorary degrees, and leadership in numerous professional organizations, including terms as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. Henry Eyring is a man of warmth and wit. Tor the past sixteen years, he has put up prize money for the first four places in a fifty-yard dash run by his ten to twenty graduate students. He is a regular competitor, though the students seem to run faster than they once did. He has served faithfully in various Church positions. He was district president in New Jersey while teaching at Princeton, presiding, as he says, over 3,000,000 persons, "though most of them were blissfully unaware of the fact." He served on the General Board of the Sunday School for twenty-five years and presently serves as a stake high councilman. Edward L. Kimball, Professor of Law at Brigham Young University, conducted the interview for Dialogue. His mother is Henry Eyring's eldest sister. Kimball: To what do you trace your strong commitment to education? Eyring: My grandfather Eyring spoke seven languages and had a good education and was very much in favor of education. My father went to Brigham Young Academy when it was still a high school. Although my mother only went through fifth grade, she was well-educated and later taught school. She was a quick person who read a great deal and learned readily. I grew up in a family that spoke good English. I think I had all the advantages I would have had if my parents had had college degrees. My uncle, Carl Eyring, went to BYU and started his Ph.D. with Milliken at Chicago and finished at Cal Tech. My oldest sister motivated me very much. She came back from school in Utah and told me I ought to get a Ph.D. I never had any other idea but that I would go to college. My parents were poor, but not so poor that they could not let me go, providing I could work my way through school. I was quite able to do that. As a matter of fact, the first year I had a $500 scholarship and that meant I had money to send home. Kimball: How did your career in science begin? Eyring: I took my bachelor's degree in mining at the University of Arizona and then was an engineer in the Inspiration Copper Company in Miami, Arizona, and in Sacramento Hill in Bisbee, Arizona. Rather early in my mining career I was working as a timberman repairing a squareset when a rock about as big as my head came down and hit my foot so that my boot filled with blood. I was glad to get out of that place. It was a death trap. I left, not so much because I was frightened as because it seemed stupid to stay where one was gambling without enough to win to justify it. I neither wanted to work in the mine myself nor to send other men into it.