As an Austrian Fulbright student in 1964–65, I studied polymeric materials at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (today Tandon School of Engineering). Prof. Herman Mark, who had immigrated from Vienna to the USA und who is known as the father of polymer chemistry, was decisive for my choice.
In 2020, the Tandon School of Engineering asked me to write a story about my recollections concerning Prof. Mark. The reason was that a planned event to celebrate his 125th birthday had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 epidemic. I was selected because I had been one of the last students of Prof. Mark before his retirement. Everything had to be done quickly; within a week, the story was ready and included a link to a previous article that the Tandon School of Engineering had written about me when I was honored with a golden doctorate from my other alma mater, TU Graz.