December 15, 2004

The Notebooks of Linus Pauling.

Linus Pauling (1901-1994), was a 1923 graduate of Oregon State University, and the only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962). The OSU Library has placed much of its special collection of over five hundred thousand items online, containing Pauling's personal and scientific papers, research materials, correspondence, photographs, awards, and memorabilia. I was particularly interested in seeing Pauling's research notebooks, scanned in their entirety and placed online:

As with many scientists, Linus Pauling utilized bound notebooks to keep track of the details of his research as it unfolded. A testament to the remarkable length and diversity of Dr. Pauling's career, the Pauling Papers holdings include forty-six research notebooks spanning the years of 1922 to 1994 and covering any number of the scientific fields in which Dr. Pauling involved himself. In this regard, the notebooks contain many of Pauling's laboratory calculations and experimental data, as well as scientific conclusions, ideas for further research and numerous autobiographical musings.
Read more about how Oregon State completed the research notebook project, or peruse the other parts of the collection, including the Linus Pauling Centenary Exhibit, "The Nature of the Chemical Bond, The Race for DNA", and Pauling's numerous awards and honors. Oregon State is also home to the Linus Pauling Institute, which provides this biography of Pauling. Pauling was an influential Peace advocate throughout his career, and was interviewed in 1983 by the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley. Via Moleskinerie.
  • ah, dedication to the minimization of suffering! what a lovely thing. wish someone else would pick up that torch now. thanks brainwidth! I had a friend who'd been able to meet Dr. Pauling at his ranch in Big Sur. Apparently instead of a sugar bowl on the table, it was a bowl filled with vitamin C crystals.
  • A strange and interesting fellow. Thanks to LP, we always have a bottle of vitC crystals in the house. Mr. BlueHorse swears by them. Patita, with all due respect, may I? Monkeyfilter: dedication the the minimization of suffering
  • ARGH Monkeyfilter: dedication TO the minimization of suffering
  • certainly, BlueHorse! anyone with a bottle of vitamin C crystals in the house is entitled to create such a tagline :)
  • Pauling was a credit to the species, and an invaluable part of scientific history.
  • He was a scientist, and therefore a lefty athiest. This is just MALIGNANT NARCISSISM. I miss him already!
  • I give him a C