A "Little" About Me

James Little About Me Page

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My name is James Little and my private consulting company is Mass Spec Interpretation Services.  I contract primarily for NIST and Wiley.  Previously, I was a Research Fellow specializing in mass spectrometry at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN and retired in early 2016 after >37 years of service.  For 2017-2019, I did NMR as a limited service employee specializing in end group determinations for Eastman.

My main interest is the identification of organic compounds by mass spectrometry in organic mixtures.  All the technical information on my web page was approved as technical session handouts, conference presentations, workshops, journal publications, courses, etc. for distribution outside Eastman.  Other postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent Eastman’s positions, strategies or opinions.   I also include a "little" information about my sailing experiences.

All the topics discussed are listed in the "My Topics" under the sailing picture at the top of the page.  Additional links to topics discussed are found on the right side of the page.

I have owned both used 2014 and 2020 Model S Teslas and participate in electric vehicle events.  In addition,  I sing in the choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, play competitive duplicate bridge, fly a small Cesna, and race sailboats on Watauga Lake.

The Kingsport site is Eastman's largest production facility and also its corporate headquarters.  It is a very complex, integrated chemical production facility.  Tim Nolen's Presentation (About Eastman: An Engineer’s View of History) is a good history of our company.  The company was originally part of Eastman Kodak, but was split into a separate company in 1994.  A history of the company is found in Wikipedia but does not include our recent acquisition of Taminco.

Below is a screen capture of the Kingsport Eastman Chemical site which straddles both sides of the South Fork of the Holston River.  The detail obtained when zooming in on the Google site is quite amazing.

I grew up in Lavonia, Ga. and worked in my early years as a printer in my family's businesses including The Lavonia Times, The Royston Record, The Carnesville Herald, and Electric City Printing Company.  I attended Lavonia Elementary School and Franklin County High School.  My initial major was music (trumpet/band director) attending both Emmanuel College and Miami Dade Junior College.  I switched my degree to pre-pharmacy/pre-med before finally obtaining bachelors and masters degrees in chemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens.  My graduate work was in organic photochemistry under the direction of Dr. Richard Hautala.

Hope you find the website useful and enjoyable!

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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