A blog devoted to the lives and work of Linus and Ava Helen Pauling -- I am the editor for this project and, in collaboration, compose much its content.
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This piece appears near the beginning of the six-volume Pauling Catalogue, edited by myself and Cliff Mead. I took advantage of the Preface to tell the very compelling story of why, exactly, Dr. Linus Pauling chose to donate his papers to the Oregon State University Libraries -- an institution that, at the time, did not even have a Special Collections. As it turns out, Pauling's thinking was influenced by a multitude of historical, psychological, emotional and intellectual factors. Of the handful of writing samples presented on this page, the Preface is by far my favorite.
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The Foreword details the many steps required to transport Pauling's massive archive from four different California locations to our facility in Corvallis, Oregon. I also used this space to detail the contents of the six volumes that comprise The Pauling Catalogue.
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February 28, 2001 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of Linus Pauling's birth in Portland, Oregon. In honor of this occasion, Oregon State University Libraries organized a symposium wherein Pauling's biographers, colleagues and family members gathered to honor the man and his work. Speakers included Dr. Ahmed Zewail, the 1999 Nobel Chemistry Laureate; Dr. Jack Dunitz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Pauling biographers Dr. Robert Paradowski and Thomas Hager; and Pauling's eldest son, Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr. As with the following two articles, this piece was written for publication in the OSU Libraries biannual newsletter The Messenger.
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In February 2003 the OSU Libraries launched our first documentary history website "Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA" in observation of the fiftieth anniversary of Watson and Crick's discovery of the double helix. This article recounts the crucial role played by Dr. Pauling in what has been termed the single-most important scientific discovery of the twentieth century.
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Dr. John Roberts of the California Institute of Technology became the fourth recipient of the Linus Pauling Legacy Award in May 2006. In accepting the award, presented every other year by the OSU Libraries, Dr. Roberts delivered a fascinating lecture on the history of magnetic resonance imaging, a technology that he helped pioneer. This article chronicles the details of that lecture and also speaks to the long friendship that Roberts maintained with Dr. Linus Pauling.