The Linus Pauling Centenary in 2001


The hundredth anniversary of the birth of Linus Pauling will be celebrated in 2001. Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 1901, and became one of the most celebrated and influential scientists of the 20th century. The Pauling Centenary will be observed with many activities and events at Oregon State University during the year, including a reading of the biographical play "The Essential Bond" (first performed in Pasadena, California, in 1999 with Matt Ashford as the young Linus Pauling and John Astin as the elder Pauling), showings of several biographical videos, and displays in the OSU Memorial Union comprised of material from the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers in the OSU Special Collections. Additionally, a campus forum on Pauling's influence on science and society is scheduled for February 28th and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Ahmed Zewail, recent Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Tom Hager, author of Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, and Dr. Lily Kay of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also scheduled to speak. 

The annual Linus Pauling Chemistry Lecture, the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Lecture in World Peace, and the LPI conference "Diet and Optimum Health" in Portland in May 2001 (see pages 8 and 9 in this newsletter for more information) are other OSU events will honor Linus Pauling. A number of other scientific conferences, including "Nutritional Medicine Today" in Toronto, Canada, in May and the annual Orthomolecular Health-Medicine conference in San Francisco, California, in February will also salute Pauling's contributions to the field of orthomolecular medicine. 

The Linus Pauling Exhibition, previously displayed in San Francisco, Pasadena, and Washington, DC--and currently at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia-will be at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland from January 8 through April 1. The Exhibition, "Linus Pauling and the Twentieth Century: Quest for Humanity", is a display of text, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate Pauling's remarkable and protean life. Several books on Pauling are scheduled for publication during the Centenary: Linus Pauling: A Centenary Celebration, a collection of previously unpublished and biographical material edited by Tom Hager and Cliff Mead; the updated Pauling Catalogue edited by Cliff Mead and Chris Peterson; and a two-volume anthology of many of Pauling's seminal scientific papers compiled and edited by Linus Pauling's children and Dr. Barclay Kamb of Caltech.

Last updated November, 2000

Honoring a Scientific Giant with Nutritional Research Toward Longer, Better Lives

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