Paper pub. date
January 2008
ISBN 9780870712944 (paperback)
7 x 10 inches, 288 pages. Chronology. B&W Illustrations. Bibliography. Index.

Linus Pauling

Scientist and Peacemaker

Thomas Hager and Clifford Mead

One of the most brilliant scientists and most controversial individuals of the 20th century, Linus Pauling was the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. This unique volume, published to mark the centenary of Pauling's birth, gathers his words and those of his contemporaries and students, together with photographs, drawings, and reproductions from the Pauling Papers.

Pauling was known for being outspoken and for leaping over scientific boundaries—from physics to chemistry to biology to medical research. This collection draws a vivid portrait of a remarkable man—scientist, humanist, and activist—highlighting his larger-than-life personality and his singular achievements.

As both scientist and citizen, Pauling was passionate and deeply thoughtful. He wrote The Nature of the Chemical Bond, one of the most cited sources in scientific history, and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954. He risked his reputation during the McCarthy years as a vocal opponent of Cold War policies and nuclear proliferation. As a result, he was vilified by the press, investigated by the FBI, and awarded the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. In the 1970s, Pauling again gained international recognition, this time for his advocacy of megadoses of vitamin C as a cure for cancer and cold prevention.

About the author

Thomas Hager has written or edited numerous books on medicine and science, most recently The Demon Under the Microscope. He is the author of two books on Linus Pauling, including the acclaimed biography, Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Clifford Mead was Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections at the Valley Library of Oregon State University, home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. He is coeditor of several books on Linus Pauling, including The Pauling Catalogue, a comprehensive inventory of the Pauling Papers.

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Part I. Linus Pauling, The Man

The Roots of Genius
Tom Hager

A Pauling Chronology
Robert Paradowski

By Best Friend
Linus Pauling

Diary Excerpts
Wayne Reynolds

Interview with Dr. Linus Pauling
Wayne Reynolds

Summer Employment
Linus Pauling

Children of the Dawn
Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling, The Teacher
David P. Shoemaker

The Incident on the Cliff
Linus Pauling

Part II. Linus Pauling, The Science

The Scientific Contributions of Linus Pauling
Jack Dunitz

Early Years of Physical Chemistry at Caltech
Linus Pauling

The Original Manuscript for The Nature of the Chemical Bond
Linus Pauling

Modern Structural Chemistry: Nobel Lecture 1954
Linus Pauling

Pauling and Beadle
George Gray

Sickel-Cell Anemia
Bruno Strasser

How I Developed an Interest in the Question of the Nature of Things
Linus Pauling

The Discovery of the Alpha Helix
Linus Pauling

The Triple Helix
Thomas Hager

The Genesis of the Molecular Clock
Gregory J. Morgan

Orthomolecular Medicine Defined
Linus Pauling

"There Will Always Be Something Interesting"
Interview with Neil A. Campbell

Part III. Linus Pauling, The Peace Work

An Episode That Changed My Life
Linus Pauling

The Ultimate Decision
Linus Pauling

Meet the Press

Science and Peace, Nobel Lecture 1963
Linus Pauling

Man--An Irrational Animal
Linus Pauling

A World in Which Every Human Being Can Live a Good Life
Linus Pauling

Part IV. Linus Pauling, Facets

Pauling Bibliography

“A stunning tapestry of Pauling’s life and work… [that] brings into focus the life of a scientist passionately dedicated to using the results of his scientific endeavors to bring out the best in the human spirit.”

—Publishers Weekly

“The editors’ goal is to give first-time readers about Pauling an idea of his interests and accomplishments and to provide more knowledgeable scholars with new and valuable source materials… The result is a beautifully produced book, a marvelous compilation.”


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